Community Mental Health
James Bay Community Mental Health Program
The James Bay Community Mental Health Program’s (JBCMHP) main office, located in Moosonee, is committed to establishing a healthier and happier environment for all people living in WAHA communities. Community Counselors are available to assist WAHA community members requiring mental health services in Attawapiskat, Peawanuck, Kashechewan, Fort Albany and Moosonee. In Moose Factory, a Psychiatric Clinic Nurse is available to assist those in need.
To speak with a counselor, or for more information, people can contact the following numbers to obtain mental health services in their community.
WAHA Community Mental Health Programs
- Moosonee Toll Free 1 (877) 336-2164 or (705) 336-2164
- Moose Factory (705) 658-4544 ext. 2239
- Fort Albany (705) 278-1008
- Attawapiskat (705) 997-2323
- Kashechewan (705) 275-4568
- Peawanuck (705) 473-9986
Hours of operation:
Each mental health site is open from 8:30 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
Mental health services
Other program staff includes a Regional Clinical Worker, Regional Crisis Intervention/ Early Episode Clinician, Regional Court Worker/Case Manager, Concurrent Disorder Worker, Regional Clinical Team Leader, and Program Director.
Outreach and collaboration
The JBCMHP works in collaboration with organizations such as Sagashtawao Healing Lodge in Moosonee. The Lodge is the Drug & Alcohol Treatment Centre for the whole WAHA region.
The JBCMHP also works closely with other WAHA departments and programs, particularly with the Traditional Healing Program to provide culturally appropriate services to our First Nations clients and to incorporate traditional healing practices, as needed.
A federally funded psychiatrist from McMaster University holds clinics once a month in all communities, with the exception of Peawanuck, which is visited twice a year. Individuals, families and whole communities are offered on-going support, counseling and developmental assistance through a wholistic approach to support them emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.
Telemedicine and mental health services
Thetelemedicine service is also very helpful in our coastal communities and provides easier access to a psychiatrist. This technology also helps staff to participate in a meeting when face-to-face is not possible.
To provide better service to its clients, JBCMHP is also currently in the process of implementing the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) system. The OCAN system keeps a record of the conversations clients have with mental health staff so clients do not need to keep re-telling their story if they move from one community to another, or if they end up working with a new mental health staff.
The OCAN system enables clients to speak with their own voices and be active players in their own treatment plans.