Senior's Mental Health Program

Type of Service

Counselling and Treatment

Program Description

The Senior's Mental Health Program is a regional consultation program available through the North Bay Regional Health Centre. Services are offered throughout the district of Timiskaming by referral from a family doctor or health care provider. An assessment is completed by a mental health nurse followed by a psychiatric consultation with a psychiatrist who then provides the family physician or other health care provider with diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Referrals are generally seniors over the age of 65 or younger persons who have mental health problems or illnesses. Services are also provided to people in long-term care facilities who have behavioural problems related to dementia or to mental illness. This is not a crisis service and clients must be medically stable. Once the assessment and psychiatric consultation have been completed, the treatment recommendations will be followed through by the referring health care provider. Referrals to other supports will also be made. Limited follow-up for people with age-related mental illness.

Program Restricted To

Older Adults

Access Information

Access to the program is through a referral by a health care provider. Most of the referrals are from the senior's population (65 and over) but younger clients are accepted. The client must be experiencing: Mental health problems/illness complicated by age-related dementia; behavioural problems associated with dementia and/or other severe mental illness; must be medically stable; reside in the community which includes living at home, supportive housing or in a facility-based environment such as a long-term care facility. Once a referral is received, a phone call within two weeks will be made to the referring source.

User Costs

Program Cost No
Additional Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 705-647-4444 ext. 3321
Toll-Free 877-677-9596
Fax 705-567-4434

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 55 and up
Catchment Counties: (Timiskaming); South Timiskaming District
Wheelchair Access Yes


Policy Allowed


English French


Main Hours

Monday 0830-1630
Tuesday 0830-1630
Wednesday 0830-1630
Thursday 0830-1630
Friday 0830-1630