(Alliston, Ontario, Wednesday,
April 18, 2018) – Residents of south
Simcoe living with serious mental illness and addictions issues have access to a new, recovery-based, multi-disciplinary
can improve their quality of life.
the first time, an Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) is available to
support 60 individuals in south Simcoe communities – such as Bradford/West
Gwillimbury, Tottenham, Alliston, Tecumseth and Beeton – to learn recovery
techniques to regain their health and wellness.
ACTT is a client-centred, recovery-oriented mental
health service which offers a broad range of intensive community supports to
individuals and their families experiencing serious mental health and
addictions concerns. Services include intensive rehabilitation and support to
increase independence in the community. ACTT
is recognized as an effective option for individuals living with bipolar disorder,
schizophrenia or other severe psychiatric conditions.
team includes psychiatrists, nurses,
patient case managers, employment specialists, social workers, peer support
workers and addiction specialists.
By putting clients and their families at the centre of their
care, ACTT can, for example, provide an individual with psychiatric assessment,
treatment and medication monitoring. ACTT provides appropriate and needed therapy
while helping individuals access community services or carry out day-to-day
Support is provided as frequently as needed to ensure clients
are fully supported. ACTT is flexible and will deliver care virtually anywhere
a client feels comfortable – their home, a coffee shop or local park.
“Being able to get help from ACTT has
changed my life in the best way possible. They support me with my recovery and
my goals and I see the world differently and more optimistically now,” said Sheba
Jackson, a client of Canadian Mental Health
Association (CMHA) York and South Simcoe.
The new ACTT service is a collaboration between
Southlake Regional Health Centre and CMHA York and South Simcoe, with funding
from the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
While both CMHA and Southlake offer independent ACTT services,
this may be the first time in Ontario that a hospital and community agency are
partnering to provide ACTT resources together.
living with severe mental illness, visits or admissions to hospitals requires
close follow-up to maintain stable condition and monitoring response to
treatment. By assuring the continuity of care, through ACTT, fewer people in
south Simcoe will need to revisit the hospital. The ready access to support in
the community makes it easier for patients to get help in their own community
in a timely fashion,” said Southlake Chief of Psychiatry Dr. Mahdi
It's expected this new ACTT service will reduce
hospital visits for those living with a severe mental illness. That’s been the
case for CMHA, which currently serves 120 ACTT clients in York Region.
All were hospitalized before receiving ACTT services. After receiving support, hospitalization rates dropped dramatically and 73 per
cent of clients no longer are hospitalized.
“Too often individuals who go without the necessary support
end up in crisis and in hospital,” said Rebecca
Shields, Chief Executive Officer, CMHA York and South Simcoe. “By
partnering with Southlake, we’re able to use our collective resources to
support vulnerable individuals in their recovery.”
“Helping people who are experiencing mental health and
addictions challenges to recover and stay well is a key priority for the
Central LHIN,” said Kim Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Central LHIN. “We worked closely with our partners to support
the delivery of ACTT services and have the proper resources in place to meet
the needs of those who use our local health care system."
more information about the Assertive Community Treatment Team service, please
call CMHA York and South Simcoe at 1-866-345-0183, ext. 6220.
more information, contact:
Regional Health Centre
905-895-4521 ext. 2285