Update on Intensive Services for Youth at SickKids CCMH

10/3/2019
 
By Neill Carson, Clinical Director and Site Lead

In April, SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health announced major changes to our service delivery model. Our goal was to increase service capacity for teens in the City of Toronto and to shift our clinical model in the direction of client preference and evidence by expanding our day- based services and reducing our reliance on overnight stays.
 
Since the April announcement work has been completed on closing out our clinical operations at “The Farm” in Collingwood and a new 8-space day treatment classroom has been added at Jarvis Collegiate Institute, right across the street from our 440 Jarvis location. We are now operating at our planned 32-space day treatment and 12-space residential capacity.
 
In August, we welcomed Aparna Kajenthira as the new manager of our Intensive Services for Youth and Liane Seckington, our new teacher.  We completed a full scope of practice review and began work on streamlining our clinical service pathways here in the city.  Also in August, we carried out a co-design exercise with the teens attending our summer program to get their advice as to what the most important signposts are that should guide our planning.  They told us that careful transition planning, safe spaces and relevant programming were what mattered most to them.
 
In the weeks and months ahead, we will be finalizing the criterion for the new service, developing new clinical program components and designing and recruiting several new positions that were not previously part of our intensive service skill mix. We are on track for a full launch of the redesigned service in September of 2020.  We will continue to keep our community up-to-date on our work through this page.