Information for Family Doctors

Dr. Anjali Sharma

Referral Process

If your patient is in crisis, needing psychiatric assessment, send them to nearest emergency department or call  1-844-437-3247 or TTY 1-877-688-5501 at Here24 Seven to access their mobile crisis services. If you chose to send your patient to the Cambridge Memorial Hospital’s (CMH) Emergency Department then a Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) clinician will conduct a mental health crisis assessment and will consult with emergency department physician and psychiatrist for recommendations and disposition.

Child & Family

Child & Family team provides support to individuals 5 to 18 years of age and their parents. Child and Family team at CMH receives referrals directly from family physicians or pediatricians.  CMH is not accepting referrals directly from the community for counselling services. The pediatric psychiatrist will see the child and determine if other resources are required. Those resources can include individual or family counselling as well as group therapy. Family Physicians or Pediatricians can fax their referrals to Child and Family Intake at 519-740-4936.

Adult

Community Mental Health clinic supports adults 18 years of age and older. The clinic receives physician referrals via Here24 Seven (centralized intake through Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) for mental health and psychiatry services), Emergency Department, Day Hospital and Inpatient Mental Health. The Adult Community Mental Health Clinic also does medication management through our injection clinic.

Specialized Geriatric Mental Health Services

Our Geriatric Mental Health Services receives referrals via Specialized Geriatric Services Centralized Intake located at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Guelph. Family Physicians can fax their referrals to Intake at 1-888-205-1491 or can reach them directly by calling 1-855-849-6228.

Services are primarily offered in community, where the senior lives (own home, retirement home, Long Term Care) and include clinical comprehensive geriatric assessment including consultation and short term follow-up and supports to patients and caregivers.

Resources for Family Members

Mental Health Family Education Series/Young Adult Family Night reaches out with information, resources and support to family and friends caring for a loved one with a mental illness. 

This is a weekly series held at Cambridge Memorial Hospital every Spring and Fall on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. It is co-hosted by staff from CMH Mental Health Program and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).  Click here for more information.

Mental Health Family and Friends Support Group

Cambridge Memorial Hospital offers monthly support group for friends and family supporting individuals living with mental health . It’s free and no registration is required. Click here for more information.