Acute Assessment Program

Acute Assessment Program

The Acute Assessment Program provides specialized short term crisis intervention, risk assessment, rapid stabilization, symptom reduction and active treatment for people who require more mental health support than can be provided in the community. Treatment is provided by a highly trained interprofessional team of healthcare professionals. Services include pharmaco-therapy, group therapy and individualized daily assessment.

We provide...
   * a 20 bed inpatient unit, including a 4 bed extra-care area for persons 

      that require closer observation and extra support
   * an immediate, short term assessment, with active treatment to address
      risk and stabilize acute symptoms
   * a recovery orientated and strength based service where patients and
      family are encouraged to be active participants in the care plan
      including health promotion and discharge planning
   * a broad range of group and individualized therapies

Patients who require longer lengths of stay may be referred to another program that better suits extended treatment needs. At all times the focus of treatment is successful stabilization of mental health symptoms and reintegration to one’s community of choice.

Visiting a patient

For the most up to date information on visitor restrictions, please see Visiting a patient

Visitors are asked to contact the program/social worker prior to visiting. On some occasions, patients may refuse to meet with visitors, even though they may have travelled a considerable distance. When this occurs, we respect the decision of the patient and we will provide support where appropriate. Waypoint may also restrict visiting hours for clinical or security reasons.


Information on Waypoint's Acute Care Beds

What is happening?
In June 2012, Waypoint relocated 11 acute care beds to the Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) in Barrie. Waypoint continues to have a 20 bed unit in Penetanguishene.

The move is the first step in a health care system change focusing on the right services in the right place for acute mental health patients. In most communities in Ontario, acute mental health patients are served in inpatient units in community hospitals.

In the future, the 20 beds still at Waypoint will be relocated to a new unit at Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) in Midland. When this happens, patients in Simcoe County and Muskoka requiring acute mental health and addiction inpatient services will be able to get that care at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, RVH and GBGH. Planning is underway for a formalized regional system with common approaches to treatment and care, standardized processes and services no matter what hospital you are in.

What's next?
Waypoint will continue to have 20 acute mental health beds providing high quality care until GBGH is ready for us to transfer these beds. Information about the move will be shared on this site once it is available. If you need more information, please contact us.