Marginalized patients getting quicker access to care at new stability centre – Windsor

Battling through severe anxiety and struggling with an alcohol addiction, Kelly Harris ended up in the emergency room. 

Instead of getting stuck at the hospital for hours, which is a typical scenario, Harris was referred to the mental health and addictions clinic that opened up nearly a year ago in Windsor’s downtown. 

Staff at the Transitional Stability Centre say the 428 clients they’ve seen in less than a year have had quicker access to services because of the program.

Clients at the Transitional Stability Centre are offered a host of programs, including classes on how to manage their mental health issues. (Derek Spalding/CBC)

Harris may be on a waiting list for an alcohol addiction program, but with the services available at the stability centre, she’s already 15 days sober.

“It’s been worth it,” she said. “I wasn’t understanding my thoughts and my feelings. Since starting here, I’m getting a grip on my emotions, on my feelings.”

Bridging the gap

The goal of the stability centre is to bridge the gap between service providers and the marginalized people who don’t have regular access to those services.

The stability centre, which is part of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, helps get assessments done for all clients, who suffer from a range of issues, including bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, severe psychosis and schizophrenia.

The main lounge inside the Transitional Stability Centre is designed to attract young clients and…

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