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, including substance use disorders.
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 individuals 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 programs or other specialty programs.
Acute Care Unit (ACU)
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.
The GPU/ACU offers the following services:
The client and the treatment team will work together to develop a unique treatment plan.
Nursing staff are available 24 hours a day. A nurse works closely with the client to co-ordinate their care, discuss their needs and goals and provide support.
A social worker will meet with the client and their family to address their 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 may be a part of treatment while the client is in hospital and even after they leave.