June 8 2016

GBF is supporting the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and partner organizations to spearhead an exciting project that addresses system gaps in mental health care by developing and testing Integrated Collaborative Care Teams (ICCTs) in the Toronto area. This highly collaborative project draws on contributions from three community agencies, four adolescent psychiatry hospital departments, and two family health teams (FHTs). The team is also engaging youth and their families in planning and development, ensuring that services are youth-friendly and responsive to the evolving needs of young people.

Youth with mental health and addiction problems will be able to get personalized help, including therapy, psychiatric services, peer support, access to Internet tools, and advice for navigating the system. This walk-in style service model is tailored to young people and matches services offered to the range of needs youth experience. These new services will be compared to the usual treatment youth receive in hospital-based, outpatient mental health clinics in Toronto.

“These clinics will be a one-stop shop, providing immediate access to evidence-based mental health care in the community,” says Dr. Peter Szatmari, Chief of the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative at CAMH, SickKids, and the University of Toronto. “By co-locating service providers from hospital, primary care and community agencies in a youth-friendly setting we can better address barriers that are most apparent for youth.”

The ‘What’s Up’ Walk-In Clinic has already opened at East Metro Youth Services (Markham and Ellesmere roads) in Scarborough, while two more will be running at Delisle Youth Services (Yonge Street and Eglington Avenue) and the South East Toronto Family Health Team (Danforth and Woodbine avenues) in July.

Read the press release:  http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/three-new-clinics-for-youth-mental-health-are-one-stop-shop-582221381.html