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. 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.