Mental Health Intensive Day Program

What is the Mental Health Intensive Day Program (MHIDP)?

The Mental Health Intensive Day Program (MHIDP) is a four-week outpatient, voluntary group therapy program for adults who are experiencing moderate to acute symptoms of a psychiatric diagnosis.

The program is designed to help individuals understand their mental health, reduce the impact of symptoms, learn health living skills and learn how to cope with challenging situations. 

Who is eligible?

The MHIDP is designed as an intermediary level of care for individuals experiencing moderate to acute symptoms of a psychiatric diagnosis who do not require hospitalization. 

The MHIDP is open to PEI residents age 18 and over who can function independently and who demonstrate a capacity and willingness to participate in a four-week group program. The individual must commit to being substance-free during scheduled day programming.

At the time of referral, the individual must not be experiencing psychotic symptoms or other states to such a degree that they may become more symptomatic in a group-oriented treatment setting. They should not be at imminent risk of harm to self or others.

Do I need a referral for this program?

Yes. Referrals can be submitted by a psychiatrist, primary care provider or a community mental health clinician. 

If you are aware of someone who may benefit from the MHIDP, please ask them to speak with their mental health or medical team.  

Care providers can submit referrals:

When and where does the program take place? 

Participants meet Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hillsborough Hospital (115 Deacon Grove, Charlottetown) for four weeks.

The program uses a continuous intake model, meaning new clients can join at any time.

If I am referred to this program, what can I expect? 

The program is designed for 12 clients, each participating in programming for four weeks.

Through group education and interactive activities with a focus on skill-building, the participant will learn about: 

  • the connection between thoughts, feelings, and actions
  • how to tolerate distress
  • mindfulness
  • interpersonal effectiveness and healthy relationships
  • developing healthy habits
  • emotional regulation and
  • self-care planning/management

At the MHIDP there will be opportunity to connect with a mental health clinician and to see a psychiatrist as needed.  

Where can I get more information on the MHIDP?

Contact the MHIDP team:
•    Telephone: 902-288-1274
•    Email:

Read the MHIDP brochure


Published date: 
February 13, 2024
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