The Huron Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team offers community based
transition bed to briefly house individuals who are experiencing mental health and addiction issues and are currently in crisis, potentially homeless, who may have current involvement with the justice system and can be safely supported in the community.
Transition beds are located in Clinton and are a voluntary non-medical program which offers a safe, therapeutic environment for individuals of all genders, 18 years of age or older.
- Clients are supported during their stay by 24/7 Transitional Case Workers and Crisis Intervention Workers with staff assisting clients to create and implement a plan for enhanced stability to meet urgent needs in a safe, therapeutic environment.
- Partner organizations will provide support, depending on the needs of the individuals.
The Transition Beds are located in a home that has been fully renovated and includes a common area, kitchen and simple dormitory-type bedrooms for clients. Clients are expected to be independent with respect to managing their activities of daily living, including meal preparation and medication management.
Beds are accessed through the Huron Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team, following an assessment by the Crisis Worker to determine needs and appropriateness for the beds. Clients require assessment of medical stability prior to admission.
Referrals can be made by individuals, family members, caregivers, health care providers, physicians, community agencies and/or police.
The goals of this program are to:
- Provide after-hours support to individuals when options are limited
- Provide an appropriate response level to situational crisis involving individuals who are experiencing mental health, addictions and justice challenges
- Reduce unnecessary admissions to the Inpatient Mental Health units
- Decrease hospital readmission rates associated with situational crisis.