The Structured Observation and Treatment Unit (LOTU) is an eight-bed unit located at the Queen Street site of CAMH. It is
operated by the Law and Mental Health Program. LOTU serves other clinical programs at CAMH as well as other facilities in
the Greater Toronto Area. The mandate of LOTU is the interim assessment, treatment and stabilization of adult male inpatients
with major mental illness who are aggressive and/or represent an elopement risk, and cannot be managed safely in other settings
on account of aggressive behaviour. Once stabilized, patients are transferred back to the referring unit or facility. Discharge
planning is not provided on LOTU and outpatient psychiatric care is not available from LOTU.
All referrals are screened by way of telephone contact with the unit psychiatrist and/or the unit manager. In some cases,
the patient will be assessed at the referring unit or facility by LOTU staff prior to acceptance for transfer. The acceptance
of each patient to LOTU is at the discretion of the psychiatrist and unit manager, with input from the treatment team. Acceptance
requires a contract for return of the patient to the referring unit or facility, at such time this is considered appropriate
by the attending psychiatrist on LOTU.
Nursing Station (416) 535-8501, Extension 33665
Melody Upshaw, Manager (416) 535-8501, Extension 31112
Location: Unit 3, Main Floor, Queen Street site, 1001 Queen Street, Toronto