Mental Health Support for Older Adults (PCSP)

The Psychogeriatric Community Support Program (PCSP) is a program offered by Community Care Durham and the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. The program offers screening, assessment, consultation plus referral and supportive services for high-risk older adults, 65 years and older, who live in the community and have mental health concerns.

There are two components:

1. Outreach assessments conducted by a nurse clinician in consultation with a psychiatrist; this assessment is summarized and forwarded with recommendations to the client’s physician for follow-up and,

2. Supportive services: individual short term case management support; psycho-educational and social recreational support groups (offered by the COPE Mental Health Service).

The service priority is high-risk older adults with the presence of thoughts, feelings and behaviours indicative of a potential serious mental health problem, plus one or more of the following:

  • Passive suicidal thoughts and/or homicidal thoughts;
  • Low level of social support;
  • Social and emotional isolation;
  • History of mental illness;
  • Resistant to current mental health treatment;
  • Caregiver stress
  • Substance abuse;
  • Complex health problems that include the combination of chronic mental illness, medical factors and aging.

Referrals are accepted from community organizations or physicians.  Although a physician’s referral is not required, the client’s physician needs to be informed and supportive of the referral.  The downloadable Referral Form is available here: COPE and PCSP Referral. There is no fee for PCSP services.

For more information, please call the Psychogeriatric Community Support Program at (905) 666-4836 or 1-866-748-0774.

A list of Region-wide COPE Support Groups is available here: COPE Support Groups.