Georgianwood Program for Concurrent Disorders

Georgianwood Program for Concurrent Disorders

In an effort to physically distance inpatients, the hospital made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend the Georgianwood Program for Concurrent Disorders. We know this has been challenging for people who need these services to get well. The hospital is aware of ongoing alternate level of care (ALC) challenges and other system pressures including access to acute mental health beds.

After reviewing various recommendations by a hospital working group, we were planning to re-establish nine concurrent disorders beds in January 2021. However, as case numbers increase across the province, and hospitals face outbreaks and high occupancy with ICU capacity as high as 115 %, Waypoint is preparing to operationalize surge plans within 48 hours notice from Ontario Health. 

This move has required us to delay the resumption of the Georgianwood concurrent disorders inpatient beds until the concern for hospital capacity is understood. While we are disappointed in this delay, it is necessary to meet the demand of the entire health care system. We will be regularly reassessing this to be able to resume these services as soon as possible.


The Georgianwood Program for Concurrent Disorders is a three-month residential program for people with both a substance use disorder and a mental illness. It is the only specialty integrated residential concurrent disorders program in our region.

The program has a fully integrated curriculum based on best-practice. Integrated means the addiction and the mental illness are treated at the same time by the same team in a cohesive way. Treatment includes:

  • cognitive behavioural therapy for major depression and anxiety disorders
  • skills training for major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia
  • Seeking Safety for concurrent post-traumatic stress disorder
  • relapse prevention
  • motivational interviewing and self-help group facilitation (e.g. AA, NA).

A graduated schedule of passes is used in the Georgianwood Program to allow you to visit your home community on weekends, allowing first-hand exposure to triggers and risk factors that might interfere with your recovery. Each Monday, these risk factors are identified and discussed and you will work with your care team to develop skills and strategies to deal with them.  

Admission to the program is voluntary. You are required to detox for a minimum of 72 hours prior to admission and come free from serious physical/medical complications and without pending legal charges. If you are having difficulty with this, please contact us for advice prior to coming.

Visiting a patient

For the most up to date information on visitor restrictions, please see Visiting a patient
Visitors are asked to contact the program/social worker prior to visiting. On some occasions, patients may refuse to meet with visitors, even though they may have travelled a considerable distance. When this occurs, we respect the decision of the patient and we will provide support where appropriate. Waypoint may also restrict visiting hours for clinical or security reasons.