Grey Bruce Health Services has launched their Crisis Support Program.
This program takes people experiencing a mental health crisis out of the emergency room setting and allows them to gain access immediately to mental health supports.
The program is based out of the Owen Sound Hospital, just off of the emergency department.
It will serve patients from across both Grey and Bruce Counties.
Current patients who enter through the emergency department are typically admitted for a maximum of 72 hours.
Naomi Vodden, Director of Mental Health Services says the hope with this room is to reduce the number of admissions needed by providing some initial counselling in a supportive space.
"A lot of the time someone is having a situational crisis, they can come in here and have some time to regroup and speak to a counsellor," Vodden says.
The program will accommodate 6-8 patients per day with 24-hour services available on weekends.
Vodden also highlights that the amount of community resources a patient can be directed to is extremely motivating.