Short-Term Crisis Safe Bed Program Launches in Cornwall

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Short-Term Crisis Safe Bed Program Launches in Cornwall
L’hon. Sylvia Jones, vice-première ministre et ministre de la Santé, aux côtés d’intervenants et de partenaires communautaires lors d’une annonce concernant le Programme des lits sûrs à l’Hôpital communautaire de Cornwall, le 17 août 2022. De gauche à droite : Vince Foy, chef adjoint (Service de police de Cornwall), Carilyne Hébert, conseillère (Ville de Cornwall), Abram Benedict, grand chef (Conseil des Mohawks d’Akwesasne), Shawn McMartin (Manoir Riverview), Greg Smith, sergent d’état-major (Police provinciale de l’Ontario, détachement de SDG), Josée Payette, présidente (Hôpital communautaire de Cornwall), l’hon. Sylvia Jones (vice-première ministre et ministre de la Santé), Jeanette Despatie, présidente et directrice générale (Hôpital communautaire de Cornwall), Nolan Quinn, député provincial (Stormont–Dundas–South Glengarry), Carma Williams, président du conseil de comté (Comtés unis de Stormont, Dundas et Glengarry), Shawn Dulude, chef de police (Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service), Chris McGillis, commandant du détachement de Hawkesbury (Police provinciale de l’Ontario) et Luc Duval, commandant du détachement de Russell (Police provinciale de l’Ontario).     (Photo : Cornwall Community Hospital)

AUGUST 17, 2022 – Cornwall Community Hospital’s Community Addictions and Mental Health Services has partnered with Riverview Manor, Cornwall Police Service, Akwesasne Mohawk Police, and Ontario Provincial Police of SDG and Prescott-Russell to open a first-of-its-kind Safe Bed Program in Cornwall, thanks to support provided by the Ministry of Health.

A partially renovated section at Riverview Manor houses 6 beds to provide people from Cornwall, SDG, Prescott-Russell and Akwesasne, who are at least 16 years old, with safe accommodations and on-site 24/7 support services as an alternative to hospital admission or detention if they are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, and are subject of a police inquiry.

To be eligible, individuals have to be referred to the program by police, a mobile response team or crisis team. Upon admission, participants receive stabilization supports and establish recovery-oriented goals with the help of program staff. They also receive: meals and personal care items; mental health and substance use support; help with rebuilding supportive relationships with family and friends; and, referrals to community-based services.

The length of stay can be up to a maximum of 30 days and depends on the crisis a client is experiencing and the measures that need to be put in place.

“Our government is working with Cornwall and communities across Ontario to support critical mental health and addictions and integrated social services,” said Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “The impacts of mental health and addictions challenges can be felt in every community, and we are working with our partners in health care and across sectors to ensure Ontarians continue to receive life-saving treatment when they need it.”

“Historically there hasn’t been enough local, safe and supportive accommodations for people who are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. We greatly appreciate the support of our community partners, including the Ministry of Health, to launch this new program, and we look forward to working with them to make our community a healthier and safer place,” says Jeanette Despatie, President & Chief Executive Officer at the Cornwall Community Hospital.

Since launching in April, the Safe Bed Program has already welcomed 30 clients, and the program’s six beds have been steadily occupied.

More information on the program can be found at



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