The Douglas Institute provides specialized and superspecialized care in mental health to all age groups both in French and English.Care provided through the clinical programs at the Douglas Institute is covered by the Quebec health insurance plan.

How to get mental health care?

Before coming to the Douglas Institute, people suffering from a mental health problem must first go to their general practicioner or to the "accueil psychosocial" of the CLSC of their CSSS.

  1. Individuals who go to the 1st line general practitioner may be treated by this general practitioner or be referred to the CSSS.
  2. Individuals who are referred to – or go directly to – their CSSS will be assessed to determine the level of care they need: from general 1st-line services to the ones provided by the mental health "guichet d'accès".

    The professionnals of the mental health  “guichet d’accès”  will then determine if the person needs to receive more specialized services (2nd or 3rd line) services such as those offered at the Douglas Institute. 

Treating people with mental illness

The Douglas Institute has developed an expertise in the following mental illnesses:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Attention deficit disorders in children
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
  • Schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis
  • Bipolar disorders

As a general rule, patients need to have a doctor’s referral to access these services. You must consult the specific information for each program to find out how to access the service.

In case of an emergency

Indivuals may go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital, or to the Douglas Institute emergency or in a community crisis centre.

If you have any question, please consult the information page and Frequently Asked Questions page on the reform.

Contact information

Douglas Institute
Reed Pavilion
6875 LaSalle Boulevard
Montreal, (Quebec) H4H 1R3