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Official Opening of Mental Health Inpatient Unit for Children and Adolescents

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Official Opening of Mental Health Inpatient Unit for Children and Adolescents

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Published: 11/14/2014 5:53 PM by  PRHC

Official Opening of Mental Health
Inpatient Unit for Children and Adolescents

Peterborough, ON – Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the opening of a six (6) bed Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit.  This unit will provide children and adolescents with serious mental health concerns requiring assessment and stabilization access to a local regional service in the Four County Region.

The new Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit means that children and adolescents who require inpatient Mental Health care will have access to treatment closer to home.  In the past, seriously at risk youth and children were sent as far as Kingston, Toronto and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Services and other remote areas for care,” stated Alan Wotherspoon, Chair of PRHC’s Board of Directors.

“Prior to opening the program, an average of 40 children per year were transferred to other facilities in order to receive much needed inpatient treatment,” added Dr. Peter McLaughlin, Interim President and CEO of PRHC. “We are thrilled to offer this new program that will not only meet the needs of our young patients, but also provide comfort to family members now that care is closer to home.” The new program will service the counties of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, and Northumberland

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program is a short-stay inpatient unit with an average length of stay between 6 to 10 days for children and youth under 18.  “We will be treating patients with mental health conditions that significantly impair their ability to function,” said Dr. Zohar Waisman, Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director, Mental Health and Addictions at PRHC. “This includes children and youth with complex mood or anxiety disorders, thought disturbances, or at risk for serious self-harm.

“We wish to thank Ontario Shores Centre for leading the Central East LHIN Child & Adolescent Mental Health Advisory Committee that supported the recommendation of opening inpatient beds in the north east cluster.  Our new unit is strongly aligned with the CELHIN mental health planning direction and the PRHC Strategic Plan,” said Mr. Wotherspoon.

Mr. Wotherspoon also thanked a long list of service partners for caring for children and youth with serious mental health issues. Among them are: Peterborough Youth Services, Kinark, CHIMO Youth and Family Services,  Point in Time Haliburton Centre for Child Youth and Parents YES Shelter Children’s Aid Society and the local Public and Separate School Boards. “These partners did outstanding service by filling the gap and caring for children and adolescents in crisis. They went above and beyond their mandates to keep patients closer to home while we developed this new service.  We owe them a debt of gratitude.”

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