Change brings exciting new programming to Ontario Shores

At Ontario Shores, as in the rest of life, ‘the only thing that is constant is change.’(Heraclitus).  On October 1, change at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) will be visible and profound with the opening of the new Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).

It has been both challenging and rewarding to have been part of the planning from the very start.  We began with a working group that met every two weeks for the past three months to build the program and care model. Our working group included representation from across the hospital to ensure a successful launch of the new program.

PHP staff team have had the opportunity to participate in a number of team building days that have really helped us come together and work towards achieving common goals and to make the program successful.  On behalf of the team, I can confidently say it has been a professionally rewarding experience to develop new skills and receive training in a variety of therapeutic interventions, such as motivational interviewing, DBT and music therapy, thus ensuring we will be able to deliver high-quality care that is evidence based for the patients attending PHP.

PHP is a program for patients aged 18 to 64 with a serious and persistent mental illness. The goal is to provide support to patients transitioning from hospital to the community and to offer an alternative to inpatient treatment.  The program offers an increased level of care/services for patients at risk of hospitalization.

PHP will provide group and individualized day programming Monday to Friday. The schedule includes a variety of manualized programming, ranging from psychotherapy -based to social recreation focused, as well includes music and art therapy.   PHP also offers a transportation allowance to patients attending. Lunch and coffee will also be provided.

Referrals can be made to the new program through Central Intake.

Submitted by Jon Harrington RPN, PHP