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.