Developmental Disabilities Service (DDS)

Developmental Disabilities Service (DDS) provides community based psychiatric assessment, consultation and treatment for adults with developmental disabilities and mental health needs (dual diagnosis) residing in the hospital’s catchment area. Our goal is to support mental health and recovery, improve quality of life, and prevent unnecessary hospital stays.

DDS works with patients, families, family doctors, and community based teams in the patient’s community and home. Care is provided with a patient and family centred approach and considers physical, mental health needs and any problems in their home or life.

The core team in North Bay works with community based Mental Health Clinicians located in key districts throughout the region.

Referral Process

Information gathered during the referral process is needed for the initial psychiatric consultation. Referral sources are required to complete a referral package prior to all consultations, including a written request for consultation from the patient’s general practitioner/primary health care provider.

Our criteria for consultations are as follows:

  1. Individual is 16 years of age or older and,
  2. Is being referred for a diagnostic assessment or review of medication/treatment plans and,
  3. Has a recognized developmental disability of a mild to profound severity and exhibits behaviours that may be attributable to a mental illness, 
    May have a diagnosis within the autistic spectrum disorders and is not adequately supported by local generic mental health services.
  4. Individuals will not be assessed without their consent or consent from their substitute decision maker, and
  5. If there is a primary physician/psychiatrist, he/she must provide a written referral.
Developmental Disabilities Service (DDS)


Developmental Disabilities Service

For more information, please contact us using one of the methods listed below.

Tel: 705-474-8600 ext. 3562 or ext. 3506
Fax: 705-494-3189

Referral Contact Information:  If you need help or would like to refer someone, call the DDS Mental Health Clinician at the agency nearest you:

Canadian Mental Health Association – Cochrane Timiskaming Branch
Tel: 705-267-8100 ext. 2306

Canadian Mental Health Association – Cochrane Timiskaming Branch
Tel: 705-647-444 ext. 3356

Canadian Mental Health Association – North Bay and District
Tel: 705-495-5425
Fax: 705-494-3189

Sault Ste. Marie
Canadian Mental Health Association – Sault Ste. Marie Branch
Tel: 705-759-0458 ext. 228 

East Parry Sound
Canadian Mental Health Association – Muskoka Parry Sound Branch
Tel: 705-384-5392 ext. 227 

North Bay

50 College Drive,
P.O. Box 2500
North Bay, ON
P1B 5A4
Tel: 705-474-8600

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680 Kirkwood Drive,
Sudbury, ON
P3E 1X3
Tel: 705-675-9193
Fax: 705-675-6817

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