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Mental Health

AMHS-KFLA offers a diverse array of supports and services for people experiencing a mental health problem, mental illness or mental health condition. For more information about accessing the AMHS-KFLA Mental health services that are right for you, please complete our self-referral form or call 613-544-1356 (Kingston & Frontenac) or 613-354-7521 (Lennox & Addington) weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm. For professionals making referrals on behalf of clients, please use our external-referral form or downloadable form.

Case Management

Case Managers work with individuals who have mental health or addiction issues and are living independently in the community.  Clients are assigned a Case Manager with whom they can meet regularly. Services are designed to assist clients in their home, work, school and social environments. Case Managers provide goal-oriented and individualized supports focusing on improved self-sufficiency, through assessment, planning, referrals, advocacy and the development of skills and resources that meet the individual’s needs. Meetings are confidential and can take place in the home, in a community setting (e.g. coffee shop), or at our offices. Case management can assist with:

  • Development of problem solving and coping skills.
  • Development of skills for budgeting and personal care as well as time, anger and stress management.
  • Learning about mental illness or addiction and symptom management.
  • Connecting to other community supports and services.
  • Interactions with landlords, Public Trustees, ODSP or other services.

A consulting psychiatrist is available for consultation around medication and treatment options.

Transitional Case Managers (TCMs) work with clients for up to 12 weeks, offering assistance and support in dealing with issues that arise in the aftermath of a mental health or addiction crisis.  TCMs provide advocacy, support and referrals to help navigate community resources and supports.

Rural Outreach Case Managers provide services to individuals living in Central and North Frontenac and Lennox and Addington counties. Offices in Verona and Sharbot Lake are staffed by appointment.

A Youth Case Manager provides one-on-one, recovery-oriented, person-centred support and links to services for youth aged 16-24 who are experiencing mental health or addiction issues.

Group Treatment and Support

AMHS-KFLA offers a range of group treatment programs and support groups to help individuals reach their recovery goals. You can view dates and locations for all upcoming groups on our events calendar. Programs we offer include:

  • Making Connections – Open to anyone with no registration required, this group is well-suited for those who are considering connecting or have recently connected to AMHS-KFLA services. Weekly rotating modules offer resources on Coping with Stress, Self-Care, Managing Emotions and more.
  • Problem Solving & Support – a weekly drop-in offering non-judgmental support for anyone with addiction concerns.
  • SMART Recovery – a drop-in program for people with addictive behaviours, SMART Recovery can help you learn about self-empowering tools to help you have a healthy, positive and balanced lifestyle.
  • Umbrella Group – a drop-in group exploring various topics and build skills for Relapse Management, Grief & Loss, Problem-Solving, Coping with Anxiety, Budgeting and more.
  • Managing Powerful Emotions* – a 12-week program offering strategies and support for managing emotions, coping with stress and avoiding destructive behaviours.
  • Understanding Addiction* – a weekly program with rotating modules including Triggers & Coping Strategies, Self-Care, Coping with Negative Thoughts, Mindfulness and more. Abstinence is not a requirement, however we ask that you not attend while under the influence.
  • Wellness Group* – Promoting healthy lifestyle changes.

Available to AMHS-KFLA clients only. For information, please complete a referral form online or call 613-544-1356 (Kingston & Frontenac) or 613-354-7521 (Lennox & Addington) weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm.

View dates and locations for all upcoming groups on our events calendar.

Rural Counselling and Treatment

Our Napanee and rural locations (by appointment in Amherstview, Verona, Sharbot Lake, Tamworth and Deseronto) offer evidence-based psychotherapy for people with serious mental health issues.  We focus on recovery and wellness in relation to trauma, anxiety, grief and loss, suicidal ideation, self-harm, emotions and mood, attachment, stress management, communication, motivation, interpersonal skills, coping skills and self-care. Therapy is available in individual, couple, family or group formats, provides therapeutic support in managing emotions, moods or anxiety symptoms, and offers assistance in understanding and resolving past traumatic events.

Our staff are guided by evidence-based approaches including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Psychodynamic approaches.

Our Rural Team includes a Concurrent Disorders specialist that actively engages with individuals who have complex needs, including mental health problems and substance use or process addictions, to connect them with appropriate supports and services.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a multi-disciplinary approach that provides a comprehensive, collaborative array of treatment, rehabilitation and support services to individuals requiring intensive support. ACT serves individuals with acute or persistent mental health concerns who may also have co-occurring problems such as substance use disorders, homelessness or involvement with the legal system. ACT is delivered by a team that includes occupational, behavioural, recreational and vocational professionals, addictions and peer specialists, nurses, social workers and psychiatrists. These highly-qualified staff provide individual and family support, as well as advocacy and assistance in accessing other community services. The goal is to assist those experiencing serious mental health concerns in reaching their recovery goals. The team is mobile and provides services to people in their community, using psychosocial rehabilitation principles and practices to promote recovery and community integration through a person-centred approach.