Developmental Disabilities Services

Type of Service

Counselling and Treatment

Program Description

The Developmental Disabilities Services is a part of the Regional Specialized Mental Health Program of North Bay Regional Health Centre. It partners North Bay Regional Health Centre with the Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane Timiskaming branch. The clinical team works collaboratively with community-based multidisciplinary teams to achieve the Developmental Disabilities Services goals of optimizing the quality of life for adults with dual diagnosis (developmental disability and a serious mental illness), enhancing independent or interdependent community living, reducing the need for hospitalization or institutional care, and developing regional local partnerships. The Developmental Disabilities Service provides the following services: comprehensive psychiatric assessment and treatment services for adults with a dual diagnosis, monitoring medical-therapeutic outcomes to prevent re-hospitalization, linking clients to needed community services, providing individual therapy and skill teaching to clients when community services are not available, providing support and education to client's support network consulting with inpatient clinicians at admission or readmission, participating in hospital discharge, assisting in research projects. The model of service used is consultation.

Program Restricted To

Dual Diagnosis Clients

Access Information

Criteria for consultation for the Development Disabilities Services: 16 years of age or older, being referred for diagnostic assessment or review of medication/treatment plans, has a recognized developmental disability of a mild to profound severity and exhibits behaviours that may be attributable to a mental illness, or may have a diagnosis within the autistic spectrum disorders and is not adequately supported by local generic mental health services. Individuals will not be assessed without consent from his/her substitute decision maker. If there is a primary physician, he/she must provide a written referral.

User Costs

Program Cost No
Additional Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 705-267-8100 ext. 2221
Fax 705-268-8742

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 16 and up
Catchment Counties: (Cochrane)
Wheelchair Access Yes


Policy Allowed

Application Referral Forms


English French


Main Hours

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