CAMH's General Psychiatric Unit (GPU) / Acute Care Unit (ACU) provide short-term intensive inpatient care for a diverse population of individuals with a severe mental illness and/or substance use issues.
The treatment team includes psychiatrists, registered nurses, registered practical nurses, social workers, a recreation therapist, pharmacists, a dietician and program assistants. We offer treatment in a supportive environment that respects diversity, focuses on harm reduction and is recovery-oriented.
General Psychiatry Unit (GPU)
The General Psychiatry Unit (GPU) is a 22-bed unit that provides short-term inpatient care for a diverse population of individuals with a severe mental illness and/or addictions issues, who are in the acute phase of their illness. Treatment is individualized and is delivered by an interdisciplinary team consisting of an attending psychiatrist, psychiatric resident, social worker and nurses. Patients requiring longer inpatient stays or ongoing care are usually transferred to one of CAMH's Complex Care and Recovery Program or other specialty programs.
Acute Care Unit (ACU)
The ACU provides brief intensive inpatient care for a diverse population of individuals with a severe mental illness and/or substance use issues. This unit provides treatment for individuals who require high levels of observation and intervention related to their illness. Treatment is carried out by a multidisciplinary team and is individualized based on the client's needs.
GPU/ACU offers the following services:
You and your treatment team will work together to develop a unique treatment plan.
- Primary nursing
Nursing staff are available 24 hours a day. A nurse will work closely with you to co-ordinate your care, discuss your needs and goals and provide support.
- Social work
A social worker will meet with you and your family to address your concerns and provide support
- Group Programming
The interdisciplinary team, including our recreation therapist and group programming social worker, provide recreational based and therapeutic group programming on the unit.
- Medication management
Medication may be a part of your treatment while you are in hospital and even after you leave.
GPU: Yes, usually direct referral from the CAMH Emergency Service or other CAMH in-patient specialty program and CAMH Bed coordinator.
ACU: Yes, usually direct referral from the CAMH Emergency Service or other CAMH in-patient specialty program.
GPU: (416) 535-8501, ext 34113
ACU - (416) 535-8501, ext 34813
Alexis Siren, Manager – (416) 535-8501, ext. 30349
Location: College Street site, 5th floor, 250 College St., Toronto