The Ontario Government is investing over $5 Million to redevelop St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s psychiatric emergency service

This funding will help double mental health and addictions emergency services at the hospital and ensure that patients and families in Hamilton and the surrounding region have access to high-quality care in a comfortable and compassionate space.

“Our government is ensuring that all Ontarians are supported on their journey to wellness by building a stronger, more comprehensive mental health and addictions system,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Redeveloping St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s psychiatric emergency service will expand mental health services so people in crisis have access to the right level of care in a safe environment.”

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton provides emergency mental health services at its Charlton Campus to approximately 4,000 patients per year. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital has experienced a 33 per cent an increase in urgent psychiatric care referrals from 2019 to 2021.

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