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First Responders, Military & Veterans

First responders, military and veterans face the unique and challenging job of protecting, serving and guarding their fellow citizens.

At the Homewood Health Centre, we have designed evidence-based treatment programs that recognize the unique treatment needs for depression, anxiety, substance use and exposure to traumatic situations. Our specialized treatment programs address these challenges and help patients build the skills needed for lasting recovery in a safe space where they can be themselves and discuss the impacts of their professions with people sharing similar experiences.

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The Homewood Health Centre has been pioneering innovative treatment for First Responders since World War I. We are proud to have our Guelph campus be the largest single inpatient treatment facility serving First Responders in Canada with specialized treatment expertise built on a foundation of research leadership, working closely with leading universities and research scientists on First Responder mental health issues.

The Homewood Health Centre is recognized as a proven treatment provider to Canada’s military and veterans as well as provincial and municipal police, fire, corrections and EMS organizations and we proud of our national partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada.

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Our Experience Treating First Responders, Military & Veterans

  • Homewood Health Centre is Canada’s largest single inpatient treatment facility serving first responders, military and veterans.
  • Over 100 Years of pioneering innovative treatment for First Responders: We have treated first responders, military and veterans since World War I.
  • Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) health identification cards accepted. If you have a claim with your provincial Worker’s Compensation Board, mental health & addiction treatment may be supported. Talk to your WCB Case Manager for more information.
  • Homewood receives regular referrals from provincial and municipal police, fire, corrections and EMS organizations and and is proud of its national partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada.
  • Our treatment expertise is built on research leadership. We work closely with leading universities, including McMaster University, and research scientists specializing in mental health issues of first responders, military, veterans and other public safety personnel.
Specialized Program for First Responders, Military & Veterans

Designed specifically for this population with programming focused on restoring functional abilities and not just reducing symptoms – helping uniformed professionals get back to work and life.

Other Specialized Programs
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Interventional Psychiatry Service (IPS)

If medically recommended, patients may be able to access IPS, which provides access to leading and novel treatment interventions, including:

  • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)

  • Ketamine therapy

  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Contact our friendly intake team: 1-866-839-2594

For additional information on admissions, health care professional referrals, or for answers to any other questions – contact us.

Measurement-Based Care through Homewood Touchpoint

Homewood Touchpoint is an innovative, integrated, standardized measurement tool developed explicitly with our patients in mind.

Patients can better understand their recovery and work with their clinicians using friendly, graphical tools.

Clinicians can use this information to develop treatment plans and evaluate progress.

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Additional Supports for First Responders

Homewood’s care begins before and continues after patients leave an inpatient setting. We offer a range of support options across a comprehensive continuum of treatment, including pre-admission supports for incoming inpatients and post-inpatient supports, including step-down programming and ongoing recovery management designed to assist first responders in maintaining their gains from inpatient treatment and reintegrating into life and work.

“I would not be alive today if it was not for this facility, for that I am truly grateful.”

If you have a loved one suffering from mental health, addiction, or other struggles, this facility is a godsend.

Homewood is a new chance at life. The staff and volunteers at this treatment centre are genuinely amazing. Through a two-month stay here I was able to regain confidence in myself and use skills to help with anxiety and addictions.

I have a new perspective on myself and others around me.