• Released September 18, 2013

    The Scarborough Hospital’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre (SA/DVCC) is partnering with Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities to deliver the program’s follow‐up counselling services for clients.

    A plan to transition the SA/DVCC’s counselling services from The Scarborough Hospital to Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities through a voluntary integration was reviewed by the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN) Board of Directors at their meeting today. Based on a joint business case developed by The Scarborough Hospital and Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities, which included engagement with clients, staff, physicians and other health care partners, the Central East LHIN Board, as per their legislation, allowed the integration to proceed.

    “Transitioning the confidential counselling services from a hospital setting to a community‐based setting is aligned with the LHIN’s Community First goal of helping local residents spend more time in their homes and their communities,” said Deborah Hammons, CEO of the Central East LHIN. “This is a very important service and the LHIN Board looks forward to receiving an update on the outcome of this voluntary integration in early 2014.”

    “Our Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre is highly respected for providing outstanding care that meets the needs of an extremely vulnerable population,” said Marla Fryers, Executive Vice President of Clinical Operations at The Scarborough Hospital. “This new partnership with Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities will not only allow for future expansion of this very essential service, but will also guarantee that clients continue to receive the same level of care from a team of counsellors experienced in trauma‐based therapy.”

    The SA/DVCC provides 24‐hour care to women, children and men who have been sexually assaulted or who have experienced intimate partner violence. The services include emergency medical and nursing care, crisis intervention, safety planning, collection of forensic evidence, arrangement of health care follow‐up, counselling and referral to community resources. Currently, The Scarborough Hospital provides emergency care at its Birchmount Campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Prior to this decision, follow‐up counselling was provided by hospital staff at an off‐site location in the Midland Road and Sheppard Avenue East area.

    SA/DVCC clients will begin receiving follow‐up counselling services at Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities effective October 21, 2013.

    “At SCHC, our programs focus on eliminating barriers to health care for the people of Scarborough by addressing a wide variety of health care needs, including physical, mental, social, financial and environmental,” said Jeanie Joaquin, Chief Executive Officer at Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities. “This diverse range of services will allow us to take a ‘holistic’ approach to the needs of SA/DVCC program clients.”

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