The Geriatric Mental Health Services (GMHS) of the Underserved Populations Program is dedicated to the provision of specialized, interprofessional assessment, treatment, consultation, and follow-up services to older persons with mental health and addiction problems. The program accepts referrals of clients 65 years of age and older. Clients age 60 to 64 with mental health and addition issues will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To access program services, a doctor's referral is not necessary but is preferred.
Central Intake & Referral Service: To access any program service, you can contact the program's Central Intake. This service operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday to Friday. Calls are usually returned within one business day. The telephone number is 416-535-8501, extension 32875.
The focus of inpatient services is acute stabilization of symptoms and active treatment utilizing interprofessional approaches that integrate mental health, addictions, and geriatric perspectives. In total, the program manages 48 inpatient beds.
There are 2 units located in the Intergenerational Wellness Centre: Geriatric Admission Unit A (GAU-A, located on the 2nd floor) is a 23-bed unit and GAU-B (on the 3rd floor) has 25 beds. Both floors have a mix of acute and longer-stay clients, about 70% acute to 30% longer-stay. Older clients who acquire an admission to an inpatient bed are generally triaged through our Central Intake Service, and then admitted to an available bed.
Referral Required: yes. Inpatient admissions and transfers are processed through the Geriatric Mental Health Service Central Intake and Referral Service
The mandate of the GMHS's outpatient services is to maintain clients in the community for as long as possible, to provide specialized geriatric mental health consultation services to our community partners, and to assist the in-patient units by providing continuity of care to clients upon discharge.
Contact: Program Central Intake and Referral Service: 416-535-8501, ext. 32875
Referral Required: yes. Physician referral s required for Memory Clinic and Tele-psychiatry Clinic. Outpatient referrals are processed through the Geriatric Mental Health Service Central Intake and Referral Service.
Location: Intergenerational Wellness Centre
80 Workman Way (Queen Street West near Shaw Street), Queen Street Site, Toronto Inpatient Services: GAU-A: 2nd floor; GAU-B: 3rd floor
Outpatient Services: 1st floor, Labatt Wing