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London Psychiatric Hospital (London, Ont.)


History and Function

Name
London Psychiatric Hospital
Dates of Existence
1870-2001
Function
Psychiatric facilities in Ontario, including the London Psychiatric Hospital, provide a range of services, including acute, rehabilitation and long-term care. They provide specialized care for diagnosed patients with alcohol or drug dependencies, mental retardation, or other psychiatric disabilities.
Administrative History

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.

Authorizing Agent

No statute could be identified establishing this institution.

Agency Also Known As

London Asylum for the Insane (London, Ont.) 1875-1907

London Hospital for the Insane (London, Ont.) 1907-1919

Ontario Hospital (London, Ont.) 1919-1966

Source Note

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.


Archival Record Series Created by this Agency

Click on a reference code for more information about a series of records.

Reference Code Series Title

RG 10-279

London Psychiatric Hospital patients' clinical casebooks

RG 10-280

London Psychiatric Hospital patients' clinical case files

RG 10-281

London Psychiatric Hospital patient registers

RG 10-282

Records of the Medical Superintendent of the London Psychiatric Hospital

RG 10-283

Records of the Bursar of the London Psychiatric Hospital

RG 10-432

London Psychiatric Hospital Professional and Operational Committee files

RG 10-434

London Psychiatric Hospital planning reports and studies files

RG 10-436

London Psychiatric Hospital health services restructuring and divestment files

Archival Records about this Person or Body

Click on a reference code for more information about a series of records.

Reference Code Series Title

RG 10-433

London Psychiatric Hospital Community Advisory Board files