Dual Diagnosis Program - Mental Illness/Developmental Disability
Emerald Hall is the in-patient component of a provincial program serving clients who have a diagnosis of developmental disability and complex mental and/or physical health issues. Many of the clients have developmental disabilities and communication difficulties that preclude them from treatment on other acute care units.
Services We Provide
The specific intent of the inpatient unit was to provide short term hospitalization for crisis stabilization, discharge planning and community follow up by the out patient community outreach assessment and support team (C.O.A.S.T.) However, many of the current clients on Emerald Hall are long term residents due to decreased availability of appropriate community placements. When crisis beds are available clients are admitted after appropriate psychiatric assessment. Treatment is based on a comprehensive assessment using the application of the a biopsychosocial model. This includes an analysis of maladaptive behaviour and implementation of an individualized plan of care. The staff of Emerald Hall assist with discharge planning and placement of the client back in the community setting.
After hours telephone crisis intervention is available to registered clients by calling Emerald Hall (902)464-3035.
The staff of Emerald Hall is composed of registered nurses and developmental workers. Competencies required to work on this unit include:
- Functional and mental status assessment
- Recreational and vocational program planning
- Behavioural assessment and evaluation of programs and crisis intervention strategies
Number of beds: 18
Dr. Mary Tomlinson
Phone: (902) 464-3043
Phone: (902) 464-3440
Health Services Manager
Jacklyn Clark RN, BHScN
Phone: (902) 464-6508
Phone: (902) 464-3437
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Phone: (902) 464-3262