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Short Term Residential Beds

Cota operates 13 short-term residential beds out of one location in Scarborough. There are two different types of beds available at this location. These are:

  •     Mental Health Short-Term Residential Beds: Four (4) beds are for adults living with a serious mental illness who are experiencing a situational crisis resulting in homelessness.
  •     Mental Health & Justice Short-Term Residential Beds: The remaining nine (9) beds are dedicated to adults with a serious mental illness who are homeless and are involved with or at significant risk of involvement with the justice system. Note: access to these units is restricted to priority referral sources (see the How to Make a Referral section below for details).

Services Offered

Clients are welcome to use the short-term residential bed program for up to 30 days. There is no fee for this service. Cota provides intensive 24/7 on-site support to clients of the program. Our staff work collaboratively with clients in order to help them:

  •     Develop an individual safety and short-term housing support plan
  •     Achieve temporary housing stability while seeking long-term housing options
  •     Acquire and/or maintain the skills necessary for daily living within the housing environment
  •     Access required services/supports from other sources (e.g. case management, primary care physician, identification, etc.)
  •     Participate in health promotion and community development activities such as group meetings, structured educational events and social activities
  •     Resolve situational problems/disputes
  •     Pursue personal recovery.

Services Available To

All beds are available to men and women living with a serious mental illness (which includes Dual Diagnosis and Concurrent Disorders) who are 16 years of age or older, are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and who are assessed as being able to be safety supported within the program.

Applicants for the Mental Health & Justice Short-term Residential Beds must meet the additional eligibility criteria of having justice system involvement or significant risk of justice system involvement and be referred from an identified priority referral source (e.g., court support services, probation/parole, police, Law & Mental Health Program at CAMH, Ontario Shores' Centre for Mental Health Sciences and other funded Mental Health & Justice Services).



Make a Referral

Referrals can be made 24/7 by contacting the Toronto Short-Term Residential Bed Network unit registry at 416-248-4174 or by visiting CMHA - Toronto Branch to download the application form and apply online.

This program is funded by the Central Local Health Integration Network.

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