Mental Health Structured Programming and Day Treatment

What is Mental Health Structured Programming & Day Treatment? 

The Mental Health Structured Programming & Day Treatment provides an intermediary level of care for individuals who are struggling with their mental health and living needs.

Structured Programming has two separate programs that operate out of the same facility in Charlottetown: Residential Program and a Day Treatment Program. 

Programming focuses on increasing resiliency and building on existing strengths to improve emotional intelligence, which is an indicator of successful independent living.  

Some of the topics include recovery goal setting, building coping skills, building community connections, and life skills. Interactive and experiential, the programs encourage clients to actively participate for maximum personal benefit. 

Who is eligible? 

Both the Residential and Day Treatment Programs are suited for clients experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of a psychiatric diagnosis that do not require hospitalization and are compliant with their medications.  

These programs are open to all PEI residents 18 years and over. All gender identities are welcome.

Clients must be psychiatrically stable, commit to remaining substance-free, and be willing to participate in daily treatment and programming. Clients within Residential Program must have stable housing.  

Note: The program is designed for people who are not currently active in substance use and who are stable in their use of prescribed medications. If you are seeking support for active substance use or to achieve stability in medication use, contact the Mental Health and Addictions phone line at 1-833-553-6983 or contact the Mental Health and Addictions Patient Navigator at or (902) 218-3289 for information on how to access appropriate services.

How do I know which program is right for me? 

Residential Program  

The Residential Program is an independent living program for clients wanting a residential experience (up to 28 days). Clients are responsible for their own laundry, cooking, and light cleaning. Clients must have stable housing in place before entering the program. 

Program includes: 

  • Attending Day Treatment Program (Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Recreation activities
  • Pharmacy education
  • Occupational therapy support
  • Life skills development (cooking, cleaning, budgeting, etc.) 
  • Facilitation to a safe return to community living (linking to community supports and resources)
  • Family support groups

Day Treatment Program

The Day Treatment Program is for clients whose mental health needs can be supported in the community outside of the Residential Program and includes: 

  • Day treatment programming (Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Psychoeducation groups
  • Life skills development (job readiness, budgeting, etc.)

Do I need to be a client of the Residential Program in order to participate in the Day Treatment Program? 

No. The Day Treatment Program has a capacity for up to 20 clients at one time: 12 spaces for clients living in community and eight spaces for clients who are part of the Residential Program. 

Do I need a referral, or can I refer myself or a loved one? 

Yes, a referral from your care provider is required. Please speak with your care provider about a referral if you think Structured Programming can be of benefit to you. 

Referrals are accepted from: 

  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Registered nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Social workers
  • Inpatient acute care services

Care providers can submit referrals:

  • Electronically (using EMR Cerner + a Future Order for “Structured Program/Day Program Waitlist Request”); OR
  • By completing the referral form and sending it by fax to 902-288-1203 or email to

What happens after I am referred to the Structured Programming & Day Treatment?

Once a referral is received it is assessed for eligibility and suitability for the program. If the criteria are met, the client will be contacted directly for an intake assessment within five days of the referral being received.  

If I am accepted into the program, what can I expect? 

Structured Programming offers clients assistance with reintegration into the community, referrals to community supports and services, clinical pharmacological education, and mental health group programming. 

Programming is evidence-based, recovery-oriented, and family-focused, and includes:  

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy group programming
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy group programming
  • Mindfulness
  • Life skills learning (cooking, job readiness, budgeting, etc.)
  • Pharmacy education
  • Family education & support
  • Changeways and Seeking Safety

Structured Programming is staffed with a variety of professionals to best provide support to clients who are struggling with their mental health: 

  • Registered nurse 
  • Licensed practical nurses 
  • Pharmacists
  • Occupational therapists 
  • Resident care workers 
  • Social workers

Where is Structured Programming offered? 

The Day Treatment Program and the Residential Program are offered at the Structured Programming facility at 345b Deacon Grove Lane in Charlottetown.

The Day Treatment Program is offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Where can I get more information about structured programs? 

Contact the Structured Programming Team:



Published date: 
March 18, 2024
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