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Taking mental health care to the streets

Taking mental health care to the streets

St Joseph’s has developed an initiative that began as a way of keeping our mental health outpatients safe during this time of COVID-19.

Many people living with schizophrenia require medication injections either weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. The medication is administered by a nurse at the West 5th campus.

To eliminate the need for patients to either source transportation or take public transit, the program nurses are bringing the medication to them.

Using a van provided by Voyager, St. Joe’s has created a mobile clinic that travels to care homes all across the city providing much needed blood work and medication injections to outpatients in a unique private setting.

Although this was designed as a temporary solution to COVID concerns, it’s hoped that donor funds can be found through St. Joseph’s Foundation to keep the van on the road permanently.

Pictured above:

Voyageur driver Jim McGuire, stands with St. Joseph’s RNs Robert Biba and Terry O’Connor in front of the Mobile Clinic van.

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