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SJHH / Health Services/ Mental Health & Addiction Services/ Addiction Services/ Concurrent Disorders Program

Concurrent Disorders Program

What this program does...

The concurrent disorders (CD) program is among the first major mental health programs to provide a competent approach to care for individuals that are experiencing mental health and addiction issues, often referred to as a concurrent disorder.

The concurrent disorders program is a 20-bed inpatient treatment setting for individuals that are experiencing both mental health and addiction issues. The program, staffed by a dedicated and specialized team is designed to provide integrated care for clients. The Concurrent disorders program provides continuity of treatment for patients from admission into hospital, and during the transition from hospital to home/community. 

This program is for clients with acute psychiatric illness and it is not a residential program.

How this program helps...

The concurrent disorders program provides a holistic treatment approach for individuals that are experiencing both addiction and mental health issues. The program is designed to meet the unique treatment needs of individuals that require expertise in both addictions and mental health treatment. The goal of the CD program is to provide specialized care while supporting improved, long-term outcomes for the client.

The program is one of the first mental health programs in Ontario to provide a full continuum of care for clients with a concurrent disorder. This approach to care allows the concurrent disorder team to assist clients from their entry into the inpatient program through to outpatient follow-up services. The staff strives to support clients through various outreach and community initiatives to assist them as they transition out of care and reintegrate into the community. This promotes sustained success for clients as they transition back into the community.

Your Care Team

The concurrent disorders unit is staffed with highly skilled professionals that have specific expertise and training in both addictions and mental health treatment. The team consists of the following:

  • Psychiatrist
  • Boris Chair - Research Team
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Social Worker
  • Addiction Attendants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Registered Practical Nurses
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Recreational Therapist


Administrative Assistant
St. Joseph`s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus
Tel: 905-522-1155, ext. 36425
Fax: 905-381-5620

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The Outpatient Care Team

The Outpatient Care Team is an extension of the inpatient service, and provides specialized concurrent disorder services for patients with both high addiction and high mental health needs. The outpatient team works in conjunction with already established SJHH outpatient programs and community programs including: Psychiatric Emergency Services, East Region Mental Health Services, and Community Psychiatry Clinic.  

Intake Criteria for Outpatient Referrals: 

The Outpatient program accepts referrals for individuals between the ages of 18 and 65 currently residing in the Hamilton-Wentworth catchment area. Individuals may be referred through their family doctor or by self-referral. All referrals coming from a physician can be faxed to the Community Psychiatry Clinic at 905-521-6131. All self-referrals can be made through a phone call to the Outpatient Administrative Assistant.  Like the inpatient program, the Outpatient Care Team accepts referrals for individuals who have high mental health and high addiction needs as determined through a clinical assessment. 

The team provides the following services: 

  •          Time-limited follow-up for stabilization and transition to community and/or other appropriate services.
  •          Consultation with a Psychiatrist
  •          Group Programming such as Structured Relapse Prevention, Maintaining Recovery, Women’s Self Esteem, Men’s Self Esteem
  •          1:1 counselling for addictions and mental health using both a harm reduction and abstinence based approach 

The Outpatient care team is an interdisciplinary team which consists of nursing, addiction counselling and psychiatric support. 


905-522-1155, ext. 39207
Fax:  905-381-5667

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