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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

The team provides the following services: 

  • Time-limited follow-up for stabilization and transition to the 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 

Referral Process

Referrals to this program are processed by Connect, St. Joe’s centralized intake service for Mental Health and Addiction outpatient programs. Click here to access the Connect referral form.


St. Joseph`s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus

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

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