Community Mental Health and Addictions Services
Addictions
Mental Health

Community Mental Health and Addictions provides services to individuals 19 years or older* experiencing moderate to severe mental disorders (including addiction) that interfere with their daily functioning. We enable persons to manage their conditions and work towards recovery.

Our services are time-limited, evidence-based and delivered by a team of mental health and addiction clinicians including registered nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, recreation therapists and psychiatrists.   We work with primary care and community partners. 

We provide care to the individual and, if appropriate, work with and support people within their circle of care such as significant others or family members.  

Treatments are matched to individual needs and may include:

  • Mental health and addiction screening and assessment
  • Group and individual therapeutic interventions (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, structured relapse prevention, psycho-education, and dialectical behavioral therapy)
  • Diagnostic consultation
  • Medication prescribing and/or consultation
  • Recovery treatment and/or care planning
  • Rehabilitation and monitoring services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness
  • Intensive day treatment services
  • Specialized opioid treatment services

There is no cost to you for any of our services.

*The West Hants clinic serves children, youth and adults.

If you have a mental health or addiction crisis, please call the Mental Health and Addiction Crisis line at 902-429-8167 or toll-free at 1-888-429-8167.  If you need help immediately, call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Department.

 

Locations, hours and contact info

*All clinics offer weekday appointments with some evening appointments available at most clinics.

 

Bayers Road Community Mental Health & Addictions
Bayers Road Centre, Suite 109 
7071 Bayers Road, Halifax, NS
Tel: 902-454-1400

Bedford/Sackville Community Mental Health & Addictions 
Cobequid Community Health Centre 

40 Freer Lane, Lower Sackville, NS
Tel: 902-865-3663

Cole Harbour/Eastern HRM Mental Health & Addictions 
Cole Harbour Place 

51 Forest Hills Parkway, Dartmouth, NS
Tel: 902-434-3263

Dartmouth Community Mental Health & Addictions 
Belmont House 

33 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS
Tel: 902-466-1830

Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital
22637, Highway 7, Sheet Harbour, NS B0J 3B0
Tel: 902 424-8866
or toll free @ 1-866-340-6700

Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital
492 Archibald Brook Road, RR2, Middle Musquodoboit, NS B0N 1X0
Tel: 902 424-8866
or toll free @ 1-866-340-6700

Spryfield Community Wellness Centre Mental Health & Addictions
16 Dentith Road, Halifax, NS
Tel: 902-487-0472

Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital
7704 7 Highway, Musquodoboit Harbour, NS B0J 2L0
Tel: 902 424-8866
or toll free @ 1-866-340-6700

West Hants Community Mental Health & Addictions (serves children, youth, and adults) 
Hants Community Hospital

89 Payzant Drive, Windsor, NS
Tel: 902-792-2042

Wyse Road Community Mental Health & Addictions 
Suite 1070

99 Wyse Road, Dartmouth, NS
Tel: 902-424-5102

How do I get an appointment?

Please call our MHA Intake team at 902-424-8866 or toll free at 1-866-340-6700.  The service is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 8:00 pm.  Your family doctor or other health care provider can also send us a written referral and we will call you to do an intake.   A phone intake will take between 30-45 minutes.  Please have your health card information available when you call.

What to expect at your first appointment

Please bring your health card with you along with a list of your current medications and any questions you may have.  Your appointment will be between 60-90 minutes long. You will meet with 1-2 clinical team members.  As a teaching facility, a learner may be part of the appointment.  The clinicians will discuss your mental health and addiction concerns and develop a plan with you for next steps. This might include:

  • Recommendations for another service that would better meet your needs.  This may include providing you with some online resources or suggested books to read.
  • Strategies or activities that you and your support network can do on your own.
  • Individual therapy with a clinician who has the appropriate skills to help you.
  • Group therapy offered at one of the seven clinic locations.
  • Further assessment so that we can better understand what may be contributing to your difficulties.
  • A review with a psychiatrist to discuss medication options and/or provide more clarity around your diagnosis.

What to expect at follow up appointments

If individual treatment with our service is part of the plan of care, sessions are generally between 45-60 minutes in length.  The frequency of sessions will depend upon your needs and may range from once a week to once a month.  You will work with your clinician to develop goals for your treatment and review these jointly during your work together. 

Group treatment consists of weekly sessions that are 1.5 to 2 hours in length over 8 to 10 weeks.  You may be scheduled to attend an introductory group session to understand better how groups can be helpful to you and provide information about what to expect in group treatment.  You may be expected to do some activities on your own between both individual and group sessions.

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