This year, 2017, holds the promise of being very busy and exciting for Lanark County Mental Health (LCMH). On the heels of marking its 35th anniversary last fall, this crucial local health care provider is now planning on relocating their main Smiths Falls offices and amalgamating with Lanark Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health (LLGAMH).
“This is a very exciting journey toward integration for both organizations,” says LCMH Executive Director Diana McDonnell. “This collaborative partnership will provide access for our area residents to receive a variety of addictions and mental health services. The timeline planning for the relocation to 2 Gould Street Smiths Falls (site of the formal high school) is in progress. We are very excited to be embarking on this journey to better serve our community.”
The new location will be customized to suit the needs of both clients and staff to ensure the best level of mental health care and addiction treatment possible. Being in close proximity to the Smiths Falls campus of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital and located in a newly refurbished facility that is already home to other professional health care providers will mean seamless service delivery to area residents.
While confirmed timelines for both the relocation and amalgamation have yet to be announced, both LCMH and LLGAMH are committed to moving forward with expediency in response to the growing needs for addiction and mental health services.
“We are very supportive of this work. It is critical for client experience that the two organizations are integrated,” added Caitlin den Boer, communications lead for the South East Local Health Integration Network. “Moreover, the co-location of addictions and mental health care with primary care, community support services and other health services will benefit the community as a whole.”
Lanark County Mental Health has provided community-based transitional youth and adult mental health services for 35 years and has been sponsored by the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital since 1997.
This article first appeared in the April issue of Hometown News.