By Patrick Callan, Communications Coordinator
Ontario’s only 24/7 psychiatric emergency department will soon have a brand new home.
CAMH’s Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Emergency Department (ED) is getting ready to move from College Street to Queen Street as part of CAMH’s Phase 1C redevelopment project.
The Phase 1C redevelopment project will see two new state-of-the-art buildings opened at CAMH’s Queen Street location in late November: The McCain Complex Care & Recovery Building and the Crisis & Critical Care Building where the new ED will be housed.
Improving care for people in crisis
CAMH’s ED is the only emergency department in Ontario that provides 24/7 emergency assessment and treatment focused exclusively on adults with mental health and substance use issues.
The new ED at CAMH’s Queen Street site, which was designed with input from people with lived experience of accessing mental health services, is double the size of the current space at College Street. It features three large assessment rooms, more treatment rooms and provides private waiting areas and entrances for emergency transport services.
With its increased capacity, the space will offer people in crisis safe, dignified and private spaces to receive care. It will also provide enough space to include family members who are supporting their loved ones while at the ED.