Second-Line Mental Health Program

See also external services for adults at the JGH.

Crisis Service

Service provided to adults 23 to 65 years of age, on a short-term basis, for medication and/or support/therapy, to persons referred from emergency, the Screening Clinic, or shared mental health care. Referral to other resources according to needs.

Mood and Anxiety Disorders Service

The Mood and Anxiety Disorders Service is for adults 23 to 65 years of age who need treatment for mood or anxiety disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other conditions. The goal of the service is to help patients recover from mood and anxiety disorders until a transfer to first-line services is possible.

Adult Psychotic Disorders Service

The Adult Psychotic Disorders Service is for 25- to 65-year-olds with a primary psychotic disorder diagnosis who do not meet the criteria of the FEPP (First Episode Psychosis Program) or the CCC (Continuing Care Clinic). The services it offers are medication management combined with psychosocial interventions. When patients become stable, efforts are made to transfer them to first-line services. The team works in close partnership with teams in the community (LICM and ICM). Requests come from emergency, from other teams, and through the GASMA.

Continuous Care Team (CCC)

The adult Continuous Care Team is for persons 25 and older who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and need long-term care. Medical care is combined with psychosocial and support interventions. The team works alongside teams in the community (First-Line Mental Health, LICM, ICM and ACT). Requests come from emergency, from other teams, and through the GASMA.

Perinatal Mental Health Services

Perinatal Mental Health Services are for women with mental health issues before or during pregnancy and up to six months following delivery at the Jewish General Hospital. Their mental state is assessed and, if necessary, they are referred to appropriate resources that can offer short-term pharmacological and/or therapeutic follow-up.

Screening Clinic

This clinic is for persons referred to second-line services. First, one must obtain a referral from a family doctor, then go to the GASMA, which refers users to Psychiatry.

Cultural Consultation

This team examines the cultural and social factors that may affect the diagnosis and interventions provided to an individual and makes recommendations to clinical teams. This team accepts referrals from outside the Psychiatry department.

Collaborative Services

Psychiatric consultations are offered to various community partners such as the Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre and teams covering adult mental health care at CLSC de Benny Farm and CLSC de Saint-Laurent.

Programs for Recovery

Social integration groups

  • French classes (spoken and written)
  • Computer initiation classes (offered at the YMHA)
  • Physical exercise groups at a local community centre
  • Affordable healthy eating
  • Community outings

Recovery groups to help individuals manage their conditions

  • Journey toward recovery
  • Reflection group on substance abuse

Preparedness groups

  • Creativity group: Preparation for community integration through art
  • Workplace preparedness group: Preparation for return to work, volunteering or school

Skills training groups

  • Social skills training group
  • Cognitive skills and strategies training group

Health groups

  • Nutrition group – provided by a dietician
  • Tai chi group

Patient Consultation Committee

A group of patients who have made themselves available to be consulted by second line personnel members when planning changes to services or to obtain patients’ opinions. The Patient Consultation Committee can also serve as an intermediary for users who wish to make suggestions.

*Consult the specific brochure for these programs for more information.


Couple and Family Therapy Service

Couple and Family Therapy aims to improve the functioning of individuals, couples and families.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Clinic

Outpatient service that provides cognitive behaviour treatment to people with a variety of problems and diagnoses (15 to 25 sessions). Also offers consultation services.

Short-Term Psychotherapy Service

Individual sessions for adults referred for short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Personality Disorders Clinic

Group and individual therapy (6 to 24 months) for individuals with severe personality disorders.

Psychotherapy Support Group

Weekly support group. Long-term follow-up.

Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic

Offers psychiatric assessments and recommendations for appropriate treatment to persons over 65 years of age who exhibit psychiatric symptoms or related behavioural problems.

Psycho-Geriatric Support Group

Group sessions (once to twice a week) to combat isolation and maintain/develop social skills and self-confidence. A referral from a healthcare professional is required.

Geriatric Psychiatry Community Assessment Team

Consultation service for individuals who require a psychiatric assessment, but who are unable to come to the clinic due to physical or psychiatric problems. Includes a home visit. Referral from an attending physician required.

BPSD (Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia) Team

  • Helps CHSLD and home care teams understand and better study behaviours related to dementia;
  • Develops an individualized, pharmacological, psychosocial and environmental intervention plan with the treatment team;
  • Helps implement the intervention plan by providing either clinical coaching or training for first line teams;
  • Helps keep users at home longer by avoiding recourse to hospitalization or early institutionalization in a CHSLD as ultimate solutions for managing BPSD.

Program Chief Manager

Isabelle Bordeleau

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