New facility opening a leap forward in specialized mental health care

    BROCKVILLE, ON, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Though the distance may be small,
the move of 59 clients from a half century-old building into a
state-of-the-art facility at the Brockville Mental Health Centre is a huge
leap forward in treatment and recovery for this specialized population in the
Ontario mental health care system.
    The newly refurbished Forensic Treatment Unit (FTU) combines a little of
the old - a 60-year-old building structure - with a lot of the new, including
the latest security features, improved programming services and vastly
improved quality of life for the clients served.
    "The opening of the new Forensic Treatment Unit is a significant event in
the lives of clients, employees and the economy of this region," MPP Bob
Runciman stated. "After many years of uncertainty, this refurbished facility
positions Brockville as a centre of excellence in forensic psychiatry and
    "This centre has been an integral part of Leeds-Grenville for over
120 years and its contribution to the region's economic and social health is
significant," MP Gord Brown stated. "The opening of a newly refurbished
facility to house this nationally recognized Integrated Forensic Program is a
significant step forward in the redevelopment of this historic site."
    The Brockville Mental Health Centre forensic program has been operating
since 1978. The centre provides quality care and progressive treatment for
individuals with mental illness that have come into contact with the criminal
justice system and who have been found, or may be found, to be not criminally
responsible due to mental illness.
    "The move from an outdated building into a climate controlled, modernized
facility will make a huge impact for our client recovery model," Dr. John
Bradford, Associate Chief of Forensic Psychiatry explains. "There are a number
of complexities with forensic psychiatry, including medications that can
affect temperature control and dosage levels that can be diluted, therefore
impacting on their effectiveness. At last clinicians and patients have an
environment that promotes rehabilitation and recovery from the devastating
effects of mental illness."
    In addition to the vastly improved physical environment and community
safety, the new FTU will also allow for additional client services. These
include private rooms, common meal and social areas, fitness room, and
expanded programming capabilities for vocational, and recreational and
occupational therapy, all of which play an essential role in the recovery
    "The province's support of this redevelopment project provides an
outstanding opportunity for the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group to continue its
pursuit of excellence in the critical and specialized field of forensic
psychiatry," said Scott M. Eaton, Chair of the ROHCG Board of Trustees.

    The BMHC site is indeed a centre of excellence, as professionals under
the ROHCG umbrella also provide clinical services for the 100 clients under
the jurisdiction at the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
at the St. Lawrence Valley Treatment Centre. As an important part of a wide
range of ROHCG services, professionals in the ROHCG Integrated Forensic
Program include psychiatrists, nurses, and vocational, recreational and
occupational therapists. Together, they provide a highly respected,
inter-disciplinary service for a challenging population.

For further information:

For further information: or interview opportunities, please contact:
Joanna Filion, Manager, Public Affairs, Royal Ottawa Health Care Group,
Office: (613) 722-6521, ext. 6767, Cell: (613) 867-6521,; Kim Kattouw, Communications Officer, Royal Ottawa
Health Care Group, Office: (613) 345-1461, ext 2140, Cell: (613) 868-2511,

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