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New Transition Bed Program to Strengthen Mental Health Services in Huron & Perth

October 31, 2019

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) held an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our new Mental Health and Addictions Transition Bed Program on October 30, 2019.

Huron and Perth residents experiencing a mental health and/or addictions crisis will now have access to an additional resource when the six transition beds in Clinton officially open in late November.

The Transition Bed Program has been made possible through the generous funding from the Ministry of Health with the valued support of the South West Local Health Integration Network (SWLHIN) and our community mental health and addictions partners.

This is the first type of transition bed facility located in Huron and Perth counties with a typical stay being 3-5 days in length.

The goals of this program are to:

  • Provide short-term support for people of all genders, who are 18 years of age and older, who are experiencing mental health and addictions crises; are at risk for homelessness, may have involvement with the justice system and can be safely supported in the community.
  • Support clients during their stay utilizing Transitional Case Workers and Crisis Workers. Staff assist clients to create and implement a plan for enhanced stability and meet urgent needs in a safe, therapeutic environment.
  • Provide a safe and comfortable alternative when hospitalization is not appropriate.
  • Connect clients experiencing mental health and/or addictions issues to community resources.

The home, property of the Clinton Public Hospital, has been fully renovated and includes a common area, kitchen and simple dormitory-style bedrooms for clients.

Beds will be accessed through the Huron Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team, 1-888-829-7484, and referrals can be made by individuals, family members, caregivers, health care providers, physicians, community agencies or police.

The Ribbon Cutting for the new Mental Health and Addictions Transition Bed Program brought together the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance's Helpline & Crisis Response Team members with community partners and dignitaries. The program is expected to begin accepting clients late November.