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St. Joseph's Care Group

Mental Health & Addictions Outreach Programs

Northwestern Ontario Concurrent Disorders Program

The Northwestern Ontario Concurrent Disorders Program takes an outreach, community-based case management approach for clients with a severe mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorder. The program focus is on helping people overcome problems related to alcohol/drug abuse or dependence and stabilize their mental illness.

Individualized treatment planning beginning at which stage of change the client presents:

  • Counseling
  • Psychiatric assessment & follow-up care
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Group therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Therapeutic recreation

The interdisciplinary team includes: Psychiatrists, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Leisure/Life Skills Instructor and Nurse Practitioner. Access to Dietitian, Vocational Rehabilitation Officers, and Spiritual Care are also available.

Why would I need/ want this service?

  • If you have a mental illness and a substance dependence.
  • If you have had difficulty with residential treatment programs.
  • If you need long-term treatment.
  • If you would benefit from an individualized approach to treatment.
  • If you would benefit from the services of a multidisciplinary team.

Who is this service geared towards?

  • Over age 16.
  • Male and/or female.
  • Dependent on one or more substances (alcohol, prescription drugs, cocaine, opiates, cannabis).
  • Suffer from mental disorder(s), e.g., schizophrenia or mood disorders.

How can I get started with this service?

Completed Mental Health Case Management Intake form. Referral source may be your family physician or other health care professional or agency.

When can I take this service?

Once the completed referral form is forwarded to the Mental Health Case Management Intake Coordinator, a Referral Review Committee meets every two weeks to review referrals. An initial assessment will be completed, followed by a psychiatric assessment to determine suitability for the program based on admission criteria.

What will this service offer me?

A case manager, who will be your primary clinician. You and your case manager will develop an individual treatment plan to address your needs, your goals and the interventions to meet your goals.

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