Rapid Access Psychiatry

Type of Service

Counselling and Treatment

Program Description

Rapid Access Psychiatry is a free program which provides support to referring primary care providers through consultation with our psychiatric team. Eligibility criteria include; Adults age 18+ with mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety as the primary presenting issue. Clients with low mood and anxiety are seen for an initial individual psychiatric assessment, and, if indicated, follow-up support is offered in a Group Medical Visit format. The key elements of the program include: Initial psychiatric assessment. Within 3-4 weeks of referral the purpose of this consultation is meant to provide the client and their primary care provider with a psychiatrist's clinical opinion, medication and treatment suggestions; Group Medical Visit (GMV). If suitable, the client may attend group medical follow-up visits for medication monitoring and management. Clients may attend as many GMVs, and as frequently, as they feel necessary. The psychiatrist will correspond with the referring primary care provider to provide clinical updates; Email support. The psychiatrist will be available by email to respond to questions from clients and their primary care provider. Clients will be given guidelines and screening tools for email content to maximize efficiency; Most Responsible Physician. This role remains with the referring primary care provider to minimize the risk of poly-pharmacy, medication errors, or multiple prescriptions provided by various health care providers. The psychiatrist will provide psychiatric suggestions to the primary care provider and not provide prescriptions to the client. Collaborative care is encouraged.

Access Information

Referral to the program is by primary care provider (family physician or nurse practitioner).

User Costs

User Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Toll-Free 866-345-0183 ext. 3221

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 18 and up
Catchment Counties: (Simcoe; York); York Region and South Simcoe County
Wheelchair Access Yes


Policy Allowed


English Interpretation Services


Main Hours

Monday 0830-1630
Tuesday 0830-1630
Wednesday 0830-1630
Thursday 0830-1630
Friday 0830-1630