Mental Health Services

Counselling Intake Referral Form

Psychiatric Intake Referral Form                        

 

For Quick Response (Crisis Appointments)

                                                           Phone: 705-434-5140 ext 6143

Contact

705-434-5140

For inquires about services press 5147#

To cancel or make an appointment with psychiatry press 6141#

For inquiries about referrals press 6142# (please allow 10 business days for processing)

For clerical support to psychiatry press 6140#

Community Mental Health Services

Overview of Services and Program Delivery

The Mary McGill Community Mental Health Program (MMCMHP) began in 1980 after a nurse at Stevenson Memorial Hospital recognized the need for dedicated mental health services within the community.

The MMCMHP provides individual and group services offered using a variety of modalities including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and mindfulness meditation approaches. The main focus of counselling is to identify goals for change that will improve coping abilities and increase skills training to achieve these goals.

The MMCMHP is a separately funded program of the Ministry of Health Central LHIN 8; working collaboratively with Stevenson Memorial Hospital to provide community based mental health and psychiatric services, with a focus on providing timely and accessible services for the community.

Services available

  • Adult mental health – ages 16+
    • Individual counselling
    • Group counselling
  • Consultative psychiatric services (physician referral required)
  • Quick response (crisis services)
    • Collaboration with the Stevenson Memorial Hospital emergency room to provide immediate assessment, consultation and management of patients in crisis
  • Urgent response services

Future State

  • Walk-in mental health services
  • Brief solution-focused therapy
  • Streamlined and integrated referral process and client management
  • On-site crisis services available 7 days a week

Service Access: Physician referral; Self-referral

Catchment: Simcoe County, New Tecumseth (Alliston, Beeton, Tottenham), Baxter, Angus, Cookstown, Innisfil

 

Program Description

Adult Mental Health – ages 16+

  • Offered through individual counselling and groups
  • Individual (one-on-one) counselling
    • Focus on self-directed goals of recovery and personal change
    • Collaboration between client and counsellor to identify areas of concern, and the skills required to achieve lasting and positive change
    • Physician referral or self-referral
    • The course of treatment is usually limited to 8 sessions, or as identified by the clinician
  • Skills based/psychotherapy groups
    • Client’s are referred based on clinician recommendation or self-referral
    • Client’s often complete a pre-group meeting with facilitator to determine appropriateness for the group
    • Groups are closed once they begin
    • Offered on a rotating basis
    • Typically run from 8 to 12 sessions

Consultative Psychiatric Services

  • Physician referral required
  • Assessment and diagnosis (if necessary) upon referral from family physician
    • Consultative in nature, follow-up in terms of medication and treatment to be completed by family physician
  • Psychiatry available two afternoons per week (by appointment only)
    • Dr. Stockl
    • Dr. Memarpour

Quick Response (Crisis Services)

  • Collaboration with hospital emergency room to provide immediate assessment and management of client’s presenting at the emergency room in crisis
  • Quick response crisis worker available from 0900-2100 (9am to 9pm) Monday to Friday and 1300-2100 (1pm to 9pm) on weekends and statutory holidays on an on-call basis. It is hoped that in the near future crisis services will be embedded directly within the Emergency Department and be available 7 days a week. 
  • Crisis workers can provide follow-up
  • Quick response times
    • Emergency room pages – 1 hour
    • Walk-in and phone crisis clients – same or next business day
  • Provides assessment for potential transfers to Schedule 1 facility
    • Provides follow-up after release from Schedule 1 facility

Collaborative Program Partnerships

  • Stevenson Memorial Hospital
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care – Penetanguishene
  • Ontario Provincial Police – Nottawasaga Detachment
  • Matthew’s House Hospice
  • Krassman Centre
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Simcoe County
  • Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling Centre

Staff

  • Marc Simpson MSW, R.S.W. – Manager, Mental Health Services ext. 5147
  • Samantha Walker BA, MSW, R.S.W. – Client Services Facilitator ext. 5149
  • John McConville MSW, R.S.W. – Mental Health Counsellor ext. 5148
  • Gord Gates, MA MSW, R.S.W. – Crisis Worker ext. 4280
  • Veronica Giannini B.S.W. – Crisis Worker ext. 4280
  • Clerical support to psychiatry (two days per week) ext. 6140

Psychiatrists

  • Dr. Mahdi Memarpour M.D., F.R.C.P. (C)
  • Dr. Stephen B. Stokl M.D., F.R.C.P. (C)

Resources:

Anger Management 905-895-0577 - salvationarmycentralyork.ca

Mental Health and Addiction Services of Simcoe County - cmha-mhassc.ca

John Howard Society/Anger Management 705-733-0683, ext. 22 - jhssimcoemuskoka.com

Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County 1-888-726-2503 - .cfssc.ca

Drug and Alcohol Helpline - drugandalcoholhelpline.ca

Ontario Problem Gambling - opgh.on.ca

Athena's Sexual Assault Counselling Centre, Alliston - 1-800-987-0799 or 705-737-2008

huroniatransitionhomes.ca

simcoe.ca/contact/ow

211.ca