SJHC Based Services

Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic

Located at the Parkwood Hospital site, the OSI Clinic is part of a national network of ten OSI outpatient clinics funded by Veterans Affairs Canada. The OSI clinic provides specialized mental health services to Veterans, members of the Canadian Forces (Regular and Reserve), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and their family with service related psychological/psychiatric illness. The clinic serves a very large catchment area including all of Southwest and Northwest Ontario, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the area around Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay including the city of Barrie.

The OSI clinic follows a standardized assessment and treatment protocol, including evidence-based psychotherapy and psychiatric care based on clinical practice PTSD guidelines developed by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, the US DVA/DoD and the American Psychiatric Association. The specialized team of psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers provides comprehensive assessment and treatment in collaboration with community providers. The clinic is also involved in providing education, outreach and research. Currently there are two psychiatrists, Dr. J. Don Richardson and Dr. David Haslam working predominantly with younger veterans. For the older Korean and World War II veterans, the clinic has access to psychogeriatric consultation services by Dr. David Harris. Over the past year, in collaboration with the Hamilton Anxiety Research and Treatment Center, Dr. J Don Richardson has been able to provide psychiatric services to veterans living in the Hamilton Niagara Region. To better serve veterans in the GTA area, two Parkwood OSI clinic psychologists provide direct psychological services to veterans in the GTA. Also, in 2013, the Parkwood OSI clinic has also been able to adopt an electronic treatment outcome monitoring system to further enhance treatment outcomes.

Medical Director, Dr. Don Richardson states, “The Parkwood OSI clinic will continue to strive to improve services and promote research in the area of posttraumatic stress disorder and other operational stress injuries. Future goals include enhancing services to the community through the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), improving outreach services to the GTA, Hamilton and Niagara region and further developing training opportunity for residents and psychiatrists interested in veterans’ mental health.”