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SJHH ... / Health Services/ Mental Health & Addiction Services/ Mental Health Services/ Schizophrenia & Community Integration Service (SCIS)/ Centralized Rehabilitation Resource Clinic

Centralized Rehabilitation Resource Clinic

What this program does...

Centralized Rehabilitation is comprised of a variety of programs designed to assist people with serious mental illnesses, living both in and out of hospital, to gain or regain valued roles through evidence-based rehabilitation. Programs include:

  • Vocational Counseling
  • Therapeutic Recreation

How this program helps...

The programs follow Psychosocial Rehabilitation principles to deliver person-centred, strengths-based services determined by your own goals for personal growth and development in living, learning, social activities and work.


Vocational Counseling
  • You work with a vocational counselor to explore vocational goals, career values, interests and talents to identify employment and education goals. Together you plan and implement strategies to make your goals a reality. The vocational counselor can assist you to access skills training, supported employment, education programs and volunteer placements.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Pamphlet
Therapeutic Recreation
  • Therapeutic Recreation service utilizes functional intervention, leisure education and recreation participation processes. Service is focused on the acquisition and maintenance of resources, skills, knowledge and behaviours, which allow for independent functioning and optimal benefits of a balanced leisure lifestyle. 
  • A referral to Therapeutic Recreation can provide services within physical, social, cognitive, spiritual and affective domains, on site and in the community. One on one service includes assessment, goal setting, support with implementation and evaluation of progress. Central Rehabilitation Resource Clinic also co-ordinates West 5th Campus recreation therapy participation programs and events 7 days a week, on weekends and evenings, which do not require a referral and are advertised through our monthly calendar.
  • Referrals for specific group programs may include Yoga, Imagine Art, Fitness Programs and Leisure Education Groups. For more information, please call (905) 522-1155, ext. 36407.
Family Pet Fostering

Provided by Zachary’s Paws For Healing (ZPFH)

  • ZPFH fosters all kinds of animals and birds, but mainly dogs and cats.
  • Cats are fostered in their own home. We have a team of volunteers that visit the cats 3 times
  • per week to give them fresh water and food and clean the litter box. They also play with the cats and make sure they are staying healthy and happy.
  • Dogs go into our foster home program. They will live with a family and be loved and cared for as if they were their family dog.
  • ZPFH provides for all the animals’ needs; food, litter, vet care and grooming at no cost to the patient.
  • ZPFH provides foster care for as little as 24 hours and up to a year on a month-to-month agreement.
  • If the pet is still intact, the patient must agree to allow ZPFH to have the pet spayed or neutered at our cost. The only exception will be due to age, health or size making it contrary to good care.
  • All efforts are made to have the pet visit the patient in the hospital when appropriate.

Click here for the pet foster referral form.

Family Pet Visit

with Zachary’s Paws For Healing (ZPFH)

  • Pets must be a minimum of 1 year old.
  • Pets must be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • If pet needs vaccines, it must wait for 2 weeks after shots for the visit.
  • If there is financial difficulty with the ability to have the pet brought up to date on vaccines, ZPFH can cover this cost on a case by case basis.
  • Patient must have a family member or friend transport the pet to the hospital.
  • ZPFH volunteer meets a family member or friend at the main front entrance of the hospital to conduct the visit.
  • Once the pet is approved, the patient can have a visit once weekly for an hour while in the hospital and is approved by the unit.
  • No pet is too old, too big, barks too much or sheds too much.
  • The Unit Manager is sent an email notifying them of the date and time of the visit.
  • A pet visit confirmation is also faxed to the unit so they are aware of the date and time of the visit.
  • Please remember to notify ZPFH if a patient is released or becomes unavailable for the visit.

Click here fot the family pet visit referral form.

Donations are always welcomed through our website at

For more information or if you have any questions please contact us.


Your Care Team

The dedicated and highly skilled care team at the Centralized Rehabilitation Resource Clinic consists of professionals to assist with supporting people with serious mental illnesses, living both in and out of hospital, to gain or regain valued roles through evidence-based rehabilitation. The team is closely integrated with community resources and supports to provide a coordinated seamless approach to patient care.


  • Vocational Counseling, contact Jamie Powell Administrative Assistant 905-522-1155 ext. 36407
  • Therapeutic Recreation, contact Sandra Berzaitis-Smith, Senior Recreation Therapist: Centralized Rehabilitation Resource Clinic ext. 905-522-1155 ext.35566

Referral Process

The services are intended for adults with serious mental illnesses and addiction. To learn more about any of our programs, contact Fiona Wilson, Manager Rehabilitation Services at 905-522-1155 ext. 36446.

A referral is required for all services with the exception of drop in programs (gym, leisure lounge) found on the monthly calendar.

To receive a referral package contact:  Jamie Powell Administrative Assistant, 905-522-1155, ext. 36407.

How to complete the referral form:

  • Please clearly indicate in the Presenting Concerns /Referral Goal section of the Connect referral form, that the referral is for CRRC;
    • Vocational Counselling
    • 1:1 Therapeutic Recreation
    • Transition Fitness
    • Yoga
    • Smart Start
    • Pawsitive Strides
    • Imagine Art
  • Add any additional concerns related to your referral.
  • Complete the PARQ form
  • Complete the Authorization for Disclosure form to Family Physician
  • Return all completed forms by fax or mail to the number and address above

Click here to download the referral form. Please fax all forms to 905-381-5612.

All referrals will be processed within 2 weeks. Clients who are concerned about the status of their referrals are welcome to call us for an update.

Maps & Directions

Clinical and administrative offices are located at St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s West 5th Campus, Level 2, Block G.

Map to West 5th Campus

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