Rick Nicholls, MPP, Chatham-Kent-Leamington, Alan Stevenson, Vice President, Mental Health and Addictions, CKHA, Lori Marshall, President and CEO, CKHA and Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff.

A community-based treatment program focused on individuals with severe and persistent mental illness is shifting its operations to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

The move of the Chatham Kent Assertive Community Treatment program, currently operated by Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, is expected to enhance collaboration and service delivery among local health system partners.

“One of the main objectives of this program transfer is to improve system navigation and coordination for patients, families and caregivers,” said Alan Stevenson, Vice President, Mental Health and Addictions, CKHA. “We are thrilled to welcome the Chatham-Kent ACT program to CKHA and look forward to building our relationship with this team.”

ACT joins existing programs such as acute care, psychiatry, and the outpatient Mental Health and Addictions Program.

Officials stress there will be no change in location, the program will continue to run out of 321 St Clair Street in Chatham. Existing patients in the transitioned program will remain with the same compliment of staff for their care. The transfer is expected to be complete on August 1st.