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SJHH ... / Health Services/ Mental Health & Addiction Services/ Mental Health Services/ Schizophrenia & Community Integration Service (SCIS)/ Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic

Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic

What this program does...

The Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic works with people who are experiencing symptoms of psychosis for the first time.

The word “psychosis” is used to describe conditions that affect the mind in which there has been some loss of contact with reality. Psychotic symptoms can include:

  • Confused thinking, speaking and behaviour
  • Seeing or hearing things that others do not see or hear
  • Strongly held beliefs which are unusual and unjustified

The Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic offers: A time-limited (2-3 yrs) service that focuses on early psychosis intervention (EPI). 

The Cleghorn Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Program serves people who are experiencing symptoms of early psychosis:

  1. 16 to 35 years of age
  2. Onset of early psychosis
  3. Six months or less of treatment for psychosis
  4. Lives in City of Hamilton

How this program helps...

We offer coordinated services to individuals experiencing early signs of psychosis. Our services include:

  • The optimal use of low-dose medications
  • Support with goals related to school, work, recreation, residence, and social relationships
  • Specialized support to family members and/or friends.

We believe that if psychosis is detected early, many problems can be prevented. The earlier someone takes action to address the psychosis, the greater the chance of a successful recovery. We are here to support clients to make choices about their own recovery. There is no one path to recovery - it is a highly personal process.

Your Care Team

The Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic is staffed by an interprofessional team of clinicians there to support your individual recovery:

  • Registered Nurse Care Coordinators
  • Registered Nurse Family Educator
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologist
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Community Support Counsellor
  • Social Worker
  • Learners from varied disciplines
  • Options for Addiction Counseling both at the clinic and within the community


The Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic
St. Joseph's West 5th Campus
100 West 5th Street
Level 0, Block G
Hamilton, ON  
L8N 3K7

Tel: 905-522-1155 Ext. 36586
Fax: 905-525-2805

Referral Process

Referrals must be Physician supported. We do not accept self-referrals.

  1. Complete the EPI
  2. Please forward us any other relevant clinical information, including any assessments, consultations, psychiatric admissions, EPT notes, neuropsychological testing, and rehabilitation reports
  3. Fax completed form and supporting materials to 905 525 2805

Preparing for Your Visit

Please bring your health card.

It is also helpful to have a significant other, family member, and/or friend with whom you are close accompany you to the first appointment.

We ask that you do not bring any valuables with you as the hospital cannot be responsible for lost or stolen personal items. 

Maps & Directions

Click here for directions to St. Joseph’s West 5th Campus.

Directions by BUS

The bus routes listed below stop in front of St. Joseph’s West 5th Campus. 

From Downtown:

# 20 A Line Express

#21 Upper Kenilworth

#33 Sanatorium

#35 College 

From Limeridge Mall:

#25 Upper Wentworth (with a transfer to #21 Upper Kenilworth)

#35 College

Visit for detailed bus routes.

Registration Procedures

Our office is located in the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton West 5th Campus, Level 0, Block G

Clients check in with reception on arrival. Reception located in the waiting room as you enter the office.


We are continually trying to learn more about Psychosis and contribute to the body of knowledge in this field. Our staff are internationally known for their contributions, in the form of research presentations and scientific papers.

Eligibility for participation in current research studies are dependent on the specific criteria set out in the study. Participation is never mandatory, and a decision to decline participation in research will in no way detract from or interfere with your current or future treatment.

All studies have been reviewed and approved by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University.

Current Research Studies

Measuring life skills in people with psychosis

Contact: Emily Cole, Research Assistant
Phone: (905) 522-1155 ext. 343397

Description: This purpose of this study is to improve a measure of everyday life skills and independent functioning for people with psychosis. We are looking for people with psychosis or people who have had an episode of psychosis in the past. This study is open to outpatients, between the ages of 18 and 65, without serious medical or drug and alcohol abuse problems, and without serious developmental disabilities. If eligible, you would be invited to the Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic for two sessions lasting approximately 3 hours each. The sessions will involve interviews and testing of functional skills, and cognitive abilities such as memory, attention and concentration. To thank you for your help, you will receive $50.

Would you like to improve your attention, memory or concentration?

Phone: 1-877-669-8510 ext. 78478

Description: The purpose of this study is to develop a computer-based program that is designed to improve thinking skills and overall functioning. We are looking for people who have had an episode of psychosis. If eligible, you will be asked to complete assessments so we can determine how much your thinking and living skills change. If you do not have a computer to complete the assessments, one will be provided to use for the study. To thank you for your time, you will be reimbursed $50 for each assessment (up to $100). 

Additional Resources

For more information please explore the following helpful Early Intervention in Psychosis Websites:

Early Intervention Resources 
Ontario Working Group for Early Intervention in Psychosis

The Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses
(PEPP) London ON

Helping Overcome Psychosis Early
(H.O.P.E.) Vancouver/Richmond EPI Demonstration Project

Early Psychosis Program,
University of Calgary/Foothills Hospital (Calgary, Alberta)

Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre
(EPPIC) Melbourne, Australia

International Early Psychosis Association
(IEPA), Australia

Pyschosis Support and Information

EPIP Program in Singapore

Because Your Mind Matters 

Schizophrenia/Psychosis Websites:

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario

Schizophrenia Society of Canada

Peer Support for Parents (PSPOPS), British Columbia

Mental Health (general) Websites:

Initiative to Reduce the Impact of Schizophrenia (IRIS), United Kingdom

Rethink, United Kingdom (Recovery from severe mental illness)

Community Support Centre for Youth with mental health issues (Halifax)

Canadian Mental Health Association

Canadian Mental Health Association - Hamilton Branch

Mind Your Mind

Alternative for Youth

Cannabis & Psychosis - Exploring the Link

Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton Youth Wellness Centre