Find out what to bring as you undergo programs at the Oaks Centre.


  • If you're currently taking prescribed medication(s), please make sure you bring enough to cover the duration of your stay at the Oaks Centre. All medications MUST be in their original bottle, package or blister pack, with your name, the required dosage and how often the medication is to be taken. Medication is taken as prescribed. Any changes would require a note from your physician or updated prescription.
  • Casual clothing that is easily laundered (washers and dryers are provided for your use). Laundry soap and fabric softener can be purchased for $2.00. If you prefer, you can purchase your own high efficiency laundry detergent for front loading washing machines.
  • Clothing must be suitable for a co-ed facility. When disputed, this will be at the discretion of the Counselor. (For additional clarification, please refer to the dress code sheet provided).
  • Comfortable walking shoes and appropriate seasonal outerwear are required (ie. warm hat, mitts, scarf, boots, ski pants, etc.) for “fresh air time” and possible planned outings.
  • It is suggested that you bring sweaters as it can be cool in the building at times. Also, non-skid shoes or slippers are recommended for indoor comfort and safety.
  • Sheets, towels and blankets are supplied. You are required to bring your own toiletries (i.e. soap, shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream, etc..). **You may also want to bring your own pillow and/or duvet/blanket from home to make your sleep experience more comfortable at the centre.
  • Alarm clocks are recommended but please, no radios or clock radios.
  • Notebooks, writing pads and pens.

NOTE: Clients without prescription/drug coverage plans must have a means of paying for prescriptions if required (i.e Visa, Mastercard, debit card, cash, etc). Clients are encouraged to bring no more than $100.00 spending money with them. It is understood that you are coming prepared with everything you require for the duration of your stay so $100.00 should be more than enough for snacks, laundry soap, etc. You may want to bring your bank card or credit card in case there is an additional purchase you would like to make off property, when permitted. Your wallets, cash and cards can be kept on your person while in treatment. Other items such as cell phones, etc. are to be given to the Attendant to be put into safekeeping during your stay at Camillus Centre.


The Oaks Centre St. Joseph's General Hospital requires you to bring YOUR VALID PROVINCIAL HEALTH CARD, ALSO YOUR INSURANCE COVERAGE CARD AND MEDICATION COVERAGE CARD, IF APPLICABLE.  See FORMS link for required information.



  • Valuables such as jewelry, cameras, I-Pods, I-Pads, lap tops, E-Readers, large sums of money, etc.
  • Knitting, crocheting, musical instruments, text books for correspondence courses, novels, magazines and the like are NOT allowed.
  • The Oaks Centre has a scent free policy.  Perfumes, colognes, body sprays, scented body wash, etc. are not permitted.

PLEASE SUBMIT FOR SAFEKEEPING: You are responsible for giving these items to the Attendant or Program Worker upon your arrival at the centre

  • Vitamins. You’re allowed to bring a multi vitamin only with you for treatment, other vitamins and supplements are not allowed, unless specifically prescribed by your doctor (M.D.). You will be required to provide documentation prior to admission.
  • Aspirin/Tylenol/Ibuprofen.
  • All prescription medications (which have been pre-approved by the centre) MUST be given to the admissions person upon arrival. Medications must be in their original bottles or blister packs. Weekly/daily pill organizers/dosettes are not allowed.
  • Cell phones brought for travel purposes (safety) to and from Elliot Lake must be turned over upon admission. These will be returned when treatment is completed.
  • Hairsprays, mouthwash, nail polish remover and any other items with ALCOHOL CONTENT. You can continue to use these items in the client washroom by the Attendant’s office.
  • Your car keys should also be turned over for safekeeping.


  • Clients will have access to a pay phone for outgoing calls on Sundays only (unless otherwise approved by his or her counselor). Phone calls can be made between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Phone calls are limited to 10 minutes each as there will be several people wanting to use the phone. It is recommended you bring a calling card or a pre-paid phone card for long distance calls. Phone restrictions are in place to enable you to focus on your treatment and recovery, as opposed to external issues.
  •  Messages for patients are taken by the receptionist and forwarded to clients via their counselor.  All emergencies are addressed immediately.