Men­tal health and ad­dic­tions care cen­tre gets $81K grant

Windsor Star - - CITY + REGION - TREVOR WIL­HELM

Ho­tel-dieu Grace Health­care and the Cana­dian Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion have re­ceived $81,200 to sup­port peo­ple strug­gling with ad­dic­tion and men­tal health is­sues dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic.

The grant comes from the Foun­da­tion for Ad­vanc­ing Fam­ily Medicine and the Cana­dian Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion Foun­da­tion.

It will be used to fund a reg­is­tered nurse at the lo­cal CMHA branch’s Men­tal Health and Ad­dic­tions Ur­gent Care Cen­tre. The money will also be used to help with con­tin­ued eval­u­a­tion of the cen­tre.

“Not only has ac­cess been im­proved to pri­mary care with the in­tro­duc­tion of the CMHA Health Cen­tre, we are also notic­ing im­prov­ing ac­cess to on­go­ing pri­mary care, mean­ing in­di­vid­u­als are com­ing back,” said Dr. Mo­hammed Hus­sain, the prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor for the grant and a pri­mary care physi­cian with CMHA Health Cen­tre. “This is some­thing not al­ways ex­pe­ri­enced by our men­tal health pa­tient pop­u­la­tion and a very pos­i­tive strength of the pro­gram.”

The ur­gent care cen­tre was ini­ti­ated dur­ing the pan­demic for peo­ple who can’t wait for com­mu­nity sup­ports and are at a high risk of be­ing hos­pi­tal­ized or end­ing up in the emer­gency de­part­ment.

The cen­tre’s team in­cludes psy­chi­a­trists, reg­is­tered nurses, pri­mary care physi­cians, so­cial work­ers and ad­dic­tions spe­cial­ists.

Ser­vices at the ur­gent care cen­tre are sched­uled to con­tinue un­til Oc­to­ber. But the hope is that longterm fund­ing can be se­cured.

The cen­tre opened in April. By July 30, 268 peo­ple had used its ser­vices. More than 100 of those peo­ple said they would have gone to the emer­gency de­part­ment if the cen­tre didn’t ex­ist.

For more on the Men­tal Health and Ad­dic­tions Ur­gent Care Cen­tre, go to hdgh.org/mhaucc.

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