Community Programs

Crisis Services consists of: Crisis Intervention Workers, Psychiatric Nurses and Mobile Crisis Response Workers. Workers aim to prevent crises from worsening and help to resolve crises as quickly as possible. Intervention is designed to be brief and short-term in nature. The goal of the service is to provide multidisciplinary assessments of individual needs, when possible provide service where the crisis is occurring, facilitate appropriate referrals to community service providers and deliver a high quality crisis service in the Algoma District

Days/hours of operation:
Monday - Friday, 0800-2400 Hrs.
Saturday, Sunday & Stat Holidays --1000-2400 Hrs.
Crisis Intervention Worker on call after office hours

(705) 759-3398 (Sault Ste. Marie)
1 (800) 721-0077 (outlying areas of the Algoma District)
(705) 759-3803 (Business)
(705) 759-3873 (Fax)


Algoma East Counseling Services offers out-patient counselling to individuals and families experiencing difficulties with mental health issues. The service is offered in East Algoma, at sites in Thessalon and Richard's Landing. Preference is given to clients with severe mental illnesses 18 years of age and over.

Days/hours of operation:

This service is available once per week (usually on Wednesday or Thursday)

(705) 759-6684


Beginnings Transition House is an 8 bed social rehabilitation home providing 24-hour supportive care to adults, aged 16 years or over, diagnosed with a chronic mental illness. The program, assists the individual resident to achieve an optimal level of functioning, and promotes successful return to community living.

Days/hours of operation:
7 days/week, 24 hours/day

Extension 3823

Community Treatment Orders Program is a joint partnership between Sault Area Hospital and Algoma Community Mental Health Support Services. A Community Treatment Order (CTO) is a comprehensive plan of community based treatment, care and supervision for clients who suffer from a serious mental disorder who stabilize with treatment in the hospital, and after discharge stop treatment, care and supervision resulting in relapse of illness and readmission to a psychiatric facility. A CTO provides services to promote flexible, individualized support to meet the needs and choices of each client to encourage effective management of their psychiatric illness. Services include mental health follow-up, symptom monitoring and support, interpersonal support, financial assistance and budgeting support, assistance to obtain secure appropriate and affordable housing, crisis support, and medication monitoring to promote recovery, rehabilitation and prevent relapse of illness.

Referrals can be made by health care providers, clients, family members or friends. The referral process includes an assessment to determine if criteria for issuing a CTO are met and determining the supports required for the client.

A referral can be made by calling the CTO Coordinator at Sault Area Hospital or CTO Case Manager at Community Mental Health Support Services.

CTO Coordinator is available Monday to Friday 9 – 5 pm @ (705) 759-3434 extension 4218
CTO Case Manager is available Monday to Friday 8:30 am– 4:30 pm @ 759-3935

Eating Disorders Program is a community-based assessment and treatment program for the Algoma District. The Program offers services to children, adolescents, adults and their families who are suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia and mixed syndromes. This program works in partnership with the Regional Eating Disorders Program in Sudbury.


• Accept referrals, engage and screen
• Provide initial assessment, treatment and case management
• Provide support and counseling for individuals and their families
• Provide appropriate links with local community supports
• Support public and community education initiatives
• Provide referrals to treatment centres



Referrals are accepted from the client seeking help, family members, friends, medical practitioners, social workers, therapists, counselors and community agencies.


For more information about eating disorders, contact: or call (705) 759-3434, ext. 4634.

Mobile Crisis Response provides a community co-operative response for individuals with a serious mental illness, or are in crisis. Each call is assessed to determine individual's need. Workers provide mobile support at a mutually agreed upon location. Mobile Response teams can be dispatched during the regular Crisis Office Hours and are available in Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa and East Algoma through partnerships with Community Mental Health Programs. 

Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) is for those 18+ who have complex bio-psycho-social needs due to severe and persistent mental illness such as Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective disorder. Intensive treatment, rehabilitation and support include assertive outreach, 24-hour crisis assessment, supportive counseling medication monitoring, skills building and advocacy.

Days/hours of operation:
0800 - 2000 hours, 7 days a week
2000 - 0800 crisis support through Crisis Services

Contact: (705) 253-9671

Seniors Mental Health Services endeavor to assist the older individual who is experiencing mental health problems related to the aging process. Services include assessment, consultation, education, support and follow-up. The goal of the clinic is to promote the maximum level of functioning and maintain independence, while maintaining dignity.

Days/hours of operation:
Monday - Friday, 0800-1600 hours

Contact: (705) 759-9396

STEP (Strategies for Treatment of Early Psychosis) is a program of early intervention adopted by Sault Area Hospital. It was developed to assist young people ages 16 - 35 cope with their first episode of psychosis. The goal is to provide prompt assessment and comprehensive, medical and psychosocial treatment for individuals experiencing psychosis, who have not been treated in the past. The patient, family needs, and the stage of illness guide the intensity of the treatment. Early intervention greatly increases the potential for successful recovery. More information about psychosis can be found at

Days/hours of operation:
Monday - Friday, 0800-1600 hours

Contact: (705) 759-3434
Extension 4231

Transitional Care offers a variety of educational programs to individuals having a mental illness. The clinical skills and social supports available through the program strive to help these individuals stay in the community, avoid hospitalization and enhance their quality of life.

Days/hours of operation:
Monday - Friday, 0800-1600 hours

Contact: (705) 759-3434
Extension 4634