Canadian Mental Health Association. Simcoe County Branch

Site: Barrie Head Office - 15 Bradford St

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Record #: BAR0044 Last Modified: 20 Jan 2015 Last Full Update: 13 Dec 2013
Public BulletinCanadian Mental Health Association and Simcoe Outreach Services amalgamated into one organization on December 1, 2009
Office Phone705-726-5033
Toll Free Phone1-800-461-4319
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Primary ContactAleta Armstrong-Harvey, Community Awareness Program; Email:
Alternate ContactGreg Howse, Clinical Director; Phone: 705-726-5033 ext 239; Email:
Primary ExecutiveNancy Roxborough, Chief Executive Officer; Phone: 705-726-5033 ext 431; Email:
Alternate ExecutiveJim Harris, Program Director; Phone: 705-726-5033 ext 436; Email:
Address15 Bradford St
Barrie, ON L4N 1W2
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IntersectionBradford St and Simcoe St
AccessibilityFully Accessible
Former Name(s)Canadian Mental Health Association. Barrie-Simcoe Branch ; CMHA ; Mental Health and Addiction Services of Simcoe County ; Simcoe Outreach Services ; SOS
DescriptionPromotes mental health through community education, prevention, and rehabilitation programs as well as provides assessment services to substance misusing and gambling clients (12 years and older) * can provide resource people for public speaking and a library of books and videos for viewing by the public and professional practitioners

Mental Health Programs

Programs include Intensive Case Management, Outreach, Brief Service and Housing Support Services, two Assertive Community Treatment Teams, Human Services and Justice System Project (HSJS) which includes Court Support Services and Release from Custody Services, Mental Health Clubhouse - RSVP (Recreational, Social, Vocational,Peer Support), Early Psychosis Intervention Services, Community Awareness program, Volunteer Program and Self Help Groups * Crisis Services include the Mental Health Crisis Line, Mobile Crisis Response System, and Residential Crisis Beds(CARAH House)

Addiction Services

Addiction services include a methadone maintenance treatment program for opiate users (in Barrie and Wasaga Beach) as well as 'Umbrellas' a program for pregnant women who abuse substances * medical services for clients provided through a Nurse Practitioner * provides counselling for clients with a substance abuse problem as well as for people experiencing problems with gambling and supportive counselling for others affected by it * services include referral of substance abusing youth to youth outpatient treatment program and referral of adults to appropriate inpatient treatment programs

Supports the development and continuance of self-help groups as a viable community resource for individuals experiencing difficulties * self-help groups are groups where individuals who share a common problem or issue can come together to lend support, understanding and encouragement to one another

Current Self-help groups

* Freedom from Fear and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Support Group
* Barrie Family and Friends Mental Health Support Group
* Mood Disorders Self-Help Group of Barrie
* Women Supporting Women

Annual Christmas Gift Campaign

Gifts are distributed to approximately 1100 people living with mental health or addiction issues residing in special care homes, nursing homes and in the community at large * donations of new unwrapped gifts such as winter hats, gloves, shampoo, socks, toothpaste, hand lotion and sweets accepted at office * call Katherine Palumbo at 705-726-5033, Ext 236 for more information about this program

Annual Winter Coat and Boot Drive

Accepts donations of winter coats and boots to supply to clients * annually November-early December * drop off donations at 4 Checkley St, Suite 304

Member of the North Simcoe Muskoka Community Support Services Coalition * National Mental Health Week is in May each year
VOLUNTEER_DESCVolunteers help with reception and clerical assistance, fundraising events, Board of Directors and Committees, Bingo and other programs, call for more information
Service Details
Legal Status(51) Registered Charity
HoursMon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
DatesYear round * Coat and Boot Drive until December 2, 2013
Areas ServedSimcoe County
EligibilityAges: 12 year(s) and up 
Youth * Young Adults * Adults
ApplicationReferral - self, professional, family, friends * call for an appointment
LanguagesEnglish ; French - some services available in French ; Some services may be provided in French
Service CategoriesClothing Donation Programs ; Community Mental Health Agencies ; Community Mental Health Agencies ~ Youth ; Gambling Counselling/Treatment ; General Assessment for Substance Abuse ; General Mental Health Information/Education ; Holiday Gifts/Toys ; Individual Advocacy ~ Mental Health Issues ; Maintenance Treatment ; Special Libraries ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Substance Abusers ; Subject Specific Public Awareness/Education ~ Mental Health Issues ; Substance Abuse Counselling ; Substance Abuse Counselling ~ Pregnant Women
SubjectsAddictions ; Donations ; Electronic equipment ; Gambling ; Mental health ; Mental health services ; Rentals ; Self help groups ; Special libraries ; Volunteer opportunities
Local SubjectsChristmas Donations ; SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS