The Geriatric Mental Health 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 2875.
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 of 20 beds each, located on Units 4-2 and 4-3, who have a mix of acute and longer-stay clients, about 70% acute to 30% longer-stay. Older clients who require an admission to an inpatient bed are generally triaged through our Central Intake Service, and then admitted to an available bed on Unit 4-2 or 4-3. Eight inpatient geriatric beds are dedicated to a collaborative initiative with CAMH’s Schizophrenia Program, and are located on Units 1-4 and 1-5 as part of the Schizophrenia Program’s Integrated Rehabilitation Unit, also on the Queen Street site.
Referral Required: yes. Inpatient admissions and transfers are processed through the Geriatric Mental Health Program Central Intake and Referral Service
The mandate of the GMHP'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. 2875
Location: Intergenerational Wellness Centre, 80 Workman Way, Queen Street Site, Toronto, ON