Canadian Mental Health Association. Simcoe County Branch

Site: Unpublished

Service: Residential Crisis Beds

Description (Service) COVID-19 Response 
  • If you require immediate mental health assistance, please call: 
  • Mental Health Crisis Line: 705-728-5044 or 1-888-893-8333 
    • if your call to the crisis line is answered by an automated service please leave a message and a crisis counsellor will return your call promptly
  • Telecare: 705-726-7922 
  • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868 to chat
Regular Service 
CARAH house (Courage and Recovery and Hope) is a residential home in Barrie, with 5 beds available to individuals who are experiencing a mental health, psychosocial or addiction related crisis * non-medical service provided and individuals may be required to be medically stabilized prior to being admitted * all other Crisis Services (telephone, mobiles, COAST) are available at this location * bed admissions are offered to those individuals who have completed a Mobile Assessment with Crisis Staff and who are deemed eligible for this service * bed requests are triaged daily, and admissions are short-term, goal-oriented and solution-focused * clients are expected to be involved in goal-setting and discharge planning with staff support.  
Local and surrounding Police Services can access CARAH 24hrs a day and there is a sixth bed reserved for Police referrals * crisis staff will work with admitted clients, providing flexible care and collaborative crisis planning, respite, medication education and supervision, relapse and Crisis prevention and safety planning, coping strategies, housing support, referrals to any ongoing community services as required, and assistance with other goals and needs as discussed with clients during their stay
Service Details
Public Comments The Crisis Services of the Canadian Mental Health Association Simcoe County is also known as CARAH House 
  • CARAH stands for "Courage and Recovery and Hope"  
  • crisis line, mobile and bed services are delivered from CARAH House
  • Mon-Sun 10 am-10 pm: admissions after assessment by Mobile Crisis Team 
  • Mon-Sun 24 hours: Police Services can initiate admissions
Areas Served Muskoka District ; Parry Sound District ; Simcoe County
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
Youth, Adult 16years of age or older who are experiencing a mental health, addiction or psychosocial related crisis * individuals must be medically stable and not be intoxicated
  • Referral - self, medical, agencies, police 
  • following a phone assessment by the worker, the mobile service may be initiated for individuals living in the Barrie area that need someone to meet in the community to provide more intensive level of support 
  • short-term crisis beds are available if required following a mobile assessment of need and prioritized due to limited access
Languages English
Fees None
Address and Location
Located In Community Barrie
Address & Map
Barrie, ON
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Mailing Address 15 Bradford St 
Barrie, ON L4N 1W2
Physical Access Fully Accessible - Residential Bed Location
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-728-5044
Toll Free Phone 1-888-893-8333
Fax 705-728-5234
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Primary Contact Kerry Dault, Program Manager Crisis Services; Phone: 705-728-5835; Email:
Primary Executive Valerie Grdisa, Chief Executive Officer; Phone: 705-726-5033 ext 431; Fax: 705-726-8629; Email:
Alternate Executive John Henderson, Director Clinical Services; Phone: 705-726-5033 ext 239; Fax: 705-726-8629; Email:

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