Our Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health program includes a six-bed inpatient unit, an outpatient day hospital, an urgent care clinic, an outpatient addictions consultation clinic and a father’s mental health service.
Our inpatient unit provides interprofessional assessment and treatment by nursing, child and youth workers, social workers and psychiatrists. With 91 per cent of our patients living at home with their families, our intensive program focusses on patient and family-centered care approaches. In order to ensure our patients transition smoothly back into the community, we work with the Toronto Catholic District School Board to provide a “Section 23” classroom to allow our inpatients to continue their studies in hospital and not add to the stress of recovery by falling significantly behind in their academics. We have a dedicated teacher and child and youth worker for this program who are an integral part of the treatment team. We are supported by two clerical staff who support the day-to-day operation of the program.
Our outpatient day hospital program has a focus on admission avoidance and reduction of re-admissions. This program is also partnered with the Toronto District School Board and provides an outpatient “Section 23” classroom for our day hospital patients.
Our outpatient urgent care clinic and adolescent addictions consultation clinic are psychiatrist-run and referrals come from our inpatient and mental health emergency services teams.
Our care team includes
- Child and youth counsellor
- Section 23 Toronto Catholic District School Board teacher
- Social workers
- Mental health nurses
- Clerical staff
The child and adolescent program offers a wide range of services for children until their 19th birthday. These include crisis support in emergency, urgent care follow-ups, inpatient hospitalization, outpatient day hospital, transitional support to community services and time-limited individual outpatient services. Inpatient admissions address crisis stabilization, medication initiation or management, risk mitigation through daily interdisciplinary assessments, structured group therapy, individual psychotherapy and family therapy.
Across the province since 2006-2007, there has been a 54 per cent increase in emergency department visits and a 60 per cent increase in hospitalizations by children and adolescents seeing treatment for mental health issues.
The space on the third floor of the Our Lady of Mercy Wing accommodates both outpatients and inpatients. Our unit has individual patient rooms, a terrace, exercise room, activity room, two classrooms and additional interview rooms. The outpatient day hospital provides individualized classroom services with a Section 23 teacher and a child and youth worker for mental health support. The day hospital receives referrals from the inpatient program as well as referrals from within the Health Centre. For more information, please call 416-530-6825.
The program is comprised of about 35 staff members including three child and adolescent psychiatrists, two full-time Toronto Catholic School Board special education teachers, an addictions medicine physician (one day per week), social workers, child psychiatric registered nurses and child and youth counselors.
The day hospital allows inpatients to transition to outpatient services by providing educational support by a Section 23 teacher and mental health support primarily from a child and youth counsellor. Day hospital patients are followed by a psychiatrist and social worker. Our goal is to help patients reintegrate into their school and community.
The outpatient day hospital provides individualized classroom services with a Section 23 teacher and a child and youth worker for mental health support. The day hospital only receives referrals from the inpatient program as well as referrals from within the Health Centre.
Our care team includes:
- Child and youth counsellor: Provides mental health support and supervises the classroom
- Toronto Catholic District School Board teacher: Provides educational support
- Psychiatrist: Provides psychiatric support
- Social worker: Provides case management
We are located on the third floor of Our Lady of Mercy wing in room 3L 226. Contact us 416-530-6000 ext. 6825 or by fax at 416-530-6393.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Our Fathers’ Mental Health Assessment and Treatment Service offers a consultation and treatment service for expecting and new fathers, as well as fathers with young children. This service provides a comprehensive outpatient assessment on a consultative basis. The assessment process may include a telephone intake interview followed by an assessment by a psychiatrist.
This is an exciting time to be a father; fathers are taking a more active, engaged role in family life. As we begin to learn more about the importance of father involvement and the positive impact it can have on child and family development, we recognize that fatherhood can also be a stressful transition for men. For more information please visit www.fathersmentalhealth.com.
Physicians may make a referral by completing and faxing this referral form to 416-530-6393.
- Children’s Mental Health of Ontario – information for parents and children – kidsmentalhealth.ca
- Breakaway Addiction Services – www.breakawayaddictions.ca
- Turning Point Youth Services – www.turningpoint.ca
- Edge West – Youth-focused and youth informed medical, mental and sexual health services – no appointment needed – www.edgewest.ca
- George Hull Centre – Toronto – www.georgehullcentre.on.ca
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Non-profit organization composed of psychiatrists and physicians who seek to provide resources to help children and adolescents with mental disorders – www.aacap.org
- ONCAIPS – www.oncaips.ca
- Oologen – oolagen.org
- Yorktown Family Services – Provides child and family services as well as a women’s shelter. List of their programs and services and how to help – www.yorktownfamilyservices.com
- CAMH – www.camh.ca