Recent changes to Community Mental Health & Addictions Services: 4 Interdisciplinary teams

Reorganization of Community Services

Effective March 6, 2017, adult mental health and addictions counselling services on the northeast Avalon will be reorganized into four inter-disciplinary teams with a broad professional skill mix, including addictions counselors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists and therapeutic recreation professionals.

These teams will be located in the eastern, central and western sections of St. John’s, along with another in Conception Bay South. Services will be accessed through Adult Central Intake, and tailored more closely to an individual’s needs and geographical location, using the ‘stepped care’ model of service delivery. Stepped care is an evidence-based approach to care that involves matching individuals to the most appropriate level of care, based on their specific needs. This approach will be implemented in all community services throughout the eastern region.

These urban teams will function similarly to community mental health and addictions teams already in place in other parts of the eastern region, and will enable clients to access a range of services from the one team. Current clients will be notified of any changes by their service provider.

Locations of Community Services teams:

  • St. John’s East Team:  Terrace Clinic, Major’s Path
  • St. John’s Centre Team:  3 West, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital (former START space) and LeMarchant House
  • St. John’s West Team:  Community offices, Mount Pearl Square
  • Conception Bay South Team:  Villa Nova Plaza, Manuels 
As part of this reorganization, the services previously offered by the START program (urgent referrals and brief therapy) and Employment Services will now be available through each of the new geographically-based teams.

Access to these services will be facilitated through Adult Central Intake at 709-752-8888.

*Please note that current outpatient psychiatry services are not impacted by these changes, and will continue in their existing locations.