Ontario Government Agency History (BA102)
The London Asylum for the Insane was opened in London, Ontario in 1870, and replaced the Malden Asylum in present-day Amherstburg. In 1907, it became known as the London Hospital for the Insane, and in 1919, as the Ontario Hospital, London. In 1966 the name became London Psychiatric Hospital.
Psychiatric facilities in Ontario were administered through the Office of the Inspector of Prisons and Asylums between 1868 and 1876. In 1876, this body became known as the Office of the Inspector of Prisons and Public Charities. It formed part of the Department of the Provincial Secretary.
In 1931 responsibility for hospitals and institutions was moved to the jurisdiction of the Department of Health. Since then, psychiatric facilities were always administered within the Department of Health, in many different branches and divisions: Hospitals Branch (1931- 1950); Mental Health Division (1950- 1960); Mental Health Branch (1960- 1966); Mental Health Division (1966- 1973); Psychiatric Hospitals Branch (1973-1982); Mental Health Division (1982-1988); Psychiatric Hospitals Branch (1988-1990); Mental Health Facilities Branch (1990-1994) and the Mental Health Programs and Services Group (after 1994).
London Psychiatric Hospital was divested to St. Joseph's Health Care in February 2001.
No statute could be identified establishing this institution.
London Asylum for the Insane (London, Ont.) 1875-1907
London Hospital for the Insane (London, Ont.) 1907-1919
Ontario Hospital (London, Ont.) 1919-1966
Canadiana name authorities, 1996-12- 24
Ontario. Reports on Asylums, Prisons and Public Charities (1885-1898). Reports on Lunatic and Idiot Asylums, 1898-1906. Reports on Hospitals for the Insane, 1907-1919. Annual Reports on the Ontario Hospitals for the mentally ill, mentally defective, epileptic and habitual patients, 1930- 1956
Reports of the Ontario Department of Health, Mental Health Division (1957- 1959 and 1967-1971) and Mental Health Branch (1962-1964). Reports of the Ontario Ministry of Health, 1972- 1985.
Government of Ontario Telephone Directory, 1997-98.