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.
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:
- Individual is 16 years of age or older and,
- Is being referred for a diagnostic assessment or review of medication/treatment plans and,
- 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.
- Individuals will not be assessed without their consent or consent from their substitute decision maker, and
- If there is a primary physician/psychiatrist, he/she must provide a written referral.