Overview

The Mental Health and Addictions Program at the IWK Health Centre serves Halifax Regional Municipality, as well as the entire province of Nova Scotia and portions of the Atlantic Provinces.  This very large mandate, which includes primary, secondary and tertiary care for children and youth up until their 19th birthday, provides many opportunities for professionals and support staff who wish to join our organization.  Our services are embedded in a Family Centered Care model where families are supported as members of all the care teams, both informing the care plans and implementing care team decisions.  Families are critical to the care we provide.  Working with families, the MHA Program staff include psychologists, nurses, clinical social workers, teachers, administrative support staff, recreation therapists, occupational therapists, youth care workers, and psychiatrists.  Teams are interdisciplinary in all of our care settings.

Some other things you should know about us…

We provide an integrated (concurrent) approach to treating addictions and mental health simultaneously.  Our model for addictions treatment is a harm reduction model and our staff are skilled in motivational interviewing.  Our program has a 5 years strategic plan which was launched in 2011 and guides our decision making until 2016.  This plan signified a renewal of our goals and provides a roadmap to the future state.  We are proud of our staff and of the direction we are taking to embrace change in times of limited resources and high demands, using lean health care strategies and integrated service delivery models.  More recently, we have embarked on an initiative to embrace a trauma informed care approach into all of our policies and practice guidelines, building upon our culture of inclusiveness and responding to the needs of the populations we serve.  We truly feel that we are transforming health care here at the IWK by stepping up the challenges of the current times.  We hope you will join us on our journey…