Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Sarnia Office


Canadian Mental Health Association – Lambton-Kent Branch
Sarnia Office
210 Lochiel Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 4C7

Tel: 519-337-5411 or 1-855-211-2642
Mental Health First Response Service: 1-800-307-4319


Services & Programs

Services available at this Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton-Kent location include:

  • Case Management: We provide a range of clinical services. Services are tailored to meet the needs of the individual to provide relevant education, aid in skill development and promote independence. Our case management program provides assessment and individualized psychosocial rehabilitation for individuals with mental illness. The service is client centered, structured, goal focused and time limited. 24-hour crisis services are also available. This service is available at satellite locations are available in SarniaPetroliaForestKettle PointGrand BendWallaceburgWalpole Island, Aamjiwnaang and Watford
  • Rapid Assessment Intervention and Treatment Program: The Community Based MH Rapid Assessment, Intervention and Treatment Program (RAIT) partners closely with primary health care practitioners in each respective community to offer expedited mental health assessments and coordinated outreach services (specialized assessments, treatment, case management or support services) This program is designed to support individuals with emerging mental health needs, primarily anxiety and depression.
  • Mental Health First Response: Provides services to individuals in Lambton County who are in need of support; individuals who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness; anyone who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide regardless of mental health history; family members of individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis; or any professionals in the community who require consultation/assistance regarding an individual with a mental health concern or mental health crisis. Services include but are not limited to: Mental health assessment; Telephone crisis intervention; Stabilization of the crisis situation; Mobile service; Hospitalization diversion; Short stay emergency housing; Hospitalization; Referrals; Suicide prevention; Crisis follow-up.
  • Emergency Housing: Immediate support and outreach is provided to individuals suffering from mental health issues who are in need of emergency housing.
  • Court Support: We provide services to people with mental illness who are involved in the justice system. Services include navigating the justice mental health systems and liaising with officers of the court. When indicated a CMHA worker can assist by advocating for court diversion.
  • Release from Custody: In-reach services and follow-up care are provided to individuals being released from secured custody. Support and the coordination of mental health follow-up care are provided to integrate the individuals back into the community.
  • Early Intervention Services (EDIS) for Youth/Young Adults (14 – 35): The Early Intervention Program for Psychosis supports individuals who are 14 – 35 yrs. of age, experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Through early diagnosis, treatment and support, this program endeavours to minimize the impact of psychosis upon the individual’s level of function and works to promote enhanced health and well-being. Services include a comprehensive assessment, referral to appropriate community resources, and case management support. Through a client-centred approach, the EI team provides instruction about such topics as medication management, symptom management, and recognition of behaviour patterns. The program is designed to assist individuals in their pursuit of participation in such areas as scholastic, vocational and social activities. Individual and group programs provide instruction in areas like daily living skills, social skills and peer related recreational and leisure events. Recognizing the importance and therapeutic value of family support, the program strongly encourages family involvement. Education and guidance is provided to the individual as well as to their identified family members.
  • Psychotherapy: The purpose of this program is to provide a time limited, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach to managing depression and anxiety. The underlying assumption of CBT is that negative patterns of thinking contribute to and maintain emotional distress and unhealthy behavioural patterns which are often characteristic of individuals suffering from depression and anxiety conditions. CBT helps the individual to increase their awareness of negative thought, feeling and behaviour patterns through self-monitoring and psycho education. CBT tends to deal with the “here and now” rather than on issues from the past. The focus of the service is on areas of illness education, symptom management and on wellness and relapse prevention planning. This program also offers Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), which supports individuals experiencing emotional dysregulation and impulsive behaviour. The program is offered in a 20 week format.
  • Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Team (GMHOT): A program to enhance the quality of our older population with complex mental health needs and to support their families and other caregivers in addressing their needs. The team comprised of a Psychiatrist, Registered Nursing and Social Work staff and an Occupational Therapist provides assessment and treatment recommendations in the long term care setting, retirement home or in their home. The team works with care staff and family to support the client with stabilization.
  • Dual Diagnosis Case Management: The Dual Diagnosis Case Management works with individuals, their families and other service providers to develop crisis prevention plans, facilitate community integration, provide short-term service, and coordinate developmental and mental health services.
  • Prevention Education Program (P.E.P.): Presentations delivered through our Preventive Education Program are designed to enhance the public’s general understanding of mental illness, to reduce the stigma that is so often associated, and to promote emotional wellness in our schools, workplaces, and the community as a whole. Some are offered on a fee-for-service basis.

The Canadian Mental Health Association provides additional recovery-focused programs and services for people of all ages and their families including:

  • ACCESS Open Minds (Youth Hub)
  • Brief Services for Individuals Experiencing Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety
  • Clinical Case Management
  • Concurrent Disorders Case Manager
  • Depot/Clozaril Clinic Services
  • Discharge Planning
  • Dual Diagnosis Specialist
  • Early Intervention Services (EDIS) for Youth/Young Adults (14 – 35)
  • First Nations Community Support Services
  • Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Team (GMHOT)

Programs and services vary between CMHA locations. Visit the CMHA – Lambton Kent Branch website for more information about their programs and services.

How to Access 

Self-referrals or by family, physicians, hospitals or community organizations are received through the Sarnia Lambton Mental Health Access Committee. Contact CMHA for assistance in making referral.

Access committee meets weekly to review referrals. Services are for individuals that have a severe and persistent mental illness causing disability. Contact Intake for more information.

Visit the CMHA – Lambton Kent Branch website for Heath Care Referral Forms.

Additional Locations

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Lambton-Kent Branch has two main offices:

Additional satellite offices include: