Community Psychiatric Unit
In January, we launched a six-month pilot project called Community Psychiatric Unit (CPU) on our Parkdale campus. It came at the request of Alberta Health Services which asked Wood’s Homes to assist young people coming to the emergency departments who did not need in-patient care, but who still required services before going home.
CPU is funded by Alberta Health Services and is a crisis unit for adolescents experiencing a significant mental health issue which cannot be managed on an outpatient basis. Adolescents are admitted to CPU through the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
In partnership with AHS, the program provides treatment in a residential setting for up to eight adolescents (male and female; 13-17) and their family for a short length of stay (seven days).
A multi-disciplinary team of professionals, including two psychiatrists, work with the young person and his or her family to help them learn how to manage their mental health.
The unit was developed to assist Alberta Children’s Hospital meeting the capacity demands for child and adolescent mental health services. The top diagnoses are (in order of most prevalent at intake):
- MDD (Major Depressive Disorder)
- GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
- ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)