Psychiatric Outreach is an exciting initiative providing a patient-centred, community-based approach to mental health care to members of our community who are facing the challenges of poverty.
The Psychiatric Outreach Project (POP) was created by the Region of Waterloo in consultation with community agencies highlighting a gap in supports bridging the homeless population with established mental health services. After a successful pilot project, administration of the project was transferred to The Working Centre, an organization already administering St. John’s Kitchen and strongly involved in the outreach network located in downtown Kitchener.
The Psychiatric Outreach Project is embedded in the outreach and mental health support networks already established in the community. The roles of the medical staff at the Psychiatric Outreach Project complement and support the wider areas of outreach in the core areas including housing support, employment support, drop-in centres, shelters, and emergency resources.
This Project Emphasizes...
|Building Relationships |
- Provides mental health care and supports for individuals who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness
- Offers flexible treatment options based on individual needs
- Integrates our services within the current outreach network and agencies in downtown Kitchener
- Reconnects individuals with their family doctors, families, and communities
- Acts as an injection site as an option for medical treatment
- Provides ODSP assessments to help individuals access basic needs
- Physician: Providing mental health assessments, counselling, and prescriptions
- Psychiatric Nurse: Providing counselling, education, advocacy, accompaniment, and outreach on the street and in local shelters
- Social Worker: Offers counselling during clinic hours and by appointment