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SJHH / Health Services/ Mental Health & Addiction Services/ Mental Health Services/ Acute Psychiatry

Acute Psychiatry

COVID-19 Update

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is beginning to reintroduce surgical and outpatient services slowly using a gradual, phased approach.  Some individuals, based on the severity of their condition and care needs, are being scheduled for procedures and treatments.

If you are a patient, your care team will contact you with more information when you are rebooked or booked for your treatment.

If you have concerns, please call your family physician. If there is an emergency, please call 911 and go the hospital immediately. If you have an urgent issue, please go to an urgent care centre. If this is a mental health emergency, call 9-1-1, the Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) at 905.972.8338 or online at; go to your nearest hospital Emergency Department. St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton has Emergency Psychiatry Services at 50 Charlton Avenue East, Hamilton.

We are doing our best to serve all patients as quickly as possible, while ensuring the safety of our staff, patients and community. Thank you for your continued patience.

Click here for more information about your appointment and the reintroduction of services.

What this program does...

This 25-bed unit will provide psychiatric intensive care/observation, stabilization, psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, treatment and discharge planning to adults 18 years of age and older with acute mental illness.  Many patients may also be experiencing co-morbid stable medical problems.

How this program helps...

This program services adults experiencing acute mental health issues and concerns. Our goal is to help individuals in the program recover through assessment and treatment plans tailored to each patient’s specific needs. Our vision is to achieve important advances in the understanding, presentation, treatment and rehabilitation of people with mental illness and to offer excellence and innovation in the service delivery, research and education of the Acute Psychiatry program.

Your Care Team

Your care team may consist of the following:  Psychiatrist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Recreation Therapist, Pharmacy, Dietician, Spiritual Care Advisor, Patient Advocate and Peer Support provider.


Administrative Assistant
100 West 5th Street
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3K7
Tel: 905-522-1155 Ext. 36425

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

Referral Process

Referrals are accepted from Emergency Psychiatric Services, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.