Dr. David Young BuildingAcute Program


The Acute Program assists individuals experiencing new onset or exacerbation of symptoms of major mental illness to attain psychiatric stabilization and a level of functioning that allows them to return to their community.

Our team includes psychiatry, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, dieticians, recreation therapy, medical physicians, nurses and psychiatric nursing assistants.  Patients have access to Spiritual Care (Chaplain and Aboriginal Elder) and Aboriginal Services.  Using a multidisciplinary approach we offer life skills, illness awareness, relaxation, coping skills, mindfulness, creative expressions and cooking groups as well the vocational incentive program and CODI (substance abuse co-occurring with mental illness).

Area 9

  •  25 designated beds – 14 male beds, 11 female beds
Area 9

Area 12

  • 16 designated beds – 9 male beds, 7 female beds in a structured setting

Area 12

Admission Criteria:

Referrals are made to the Acute Program from community physicians and mental health workers by calling 1 (800) 881-3073 to contact the on-call psychiatrist at SMHC.
Admissions to the Acute Program:

  • Are 18 years of age or older and are medically stable
  • Have symptoms of a major mental disorder and require immediate inpatient care
  • Require psychiatric evaluation

For more information, please contact:
Jacquie Williams, A/Program Manager
Phone: 204-482-1616