Children’s mental health centres (CMHCs) deliver child and youth mental health care in communities across Ontario, including assessment, treatment and education. There is no OHIP card needed to access services. CMHCs aim to engage and support whole families in delivering care to kids, though each child or youth’s treatment plan is customized to address their individual needs, and be responsive to their unique life and family circumstances.

The child and youth mental health system has evolved organically over decades in the absence of a provincial strategy or plan, and so the specific programs and services delivered at each CMHC vary. Individual CMHC profiles are available here.

The range of Concerns addressed at CMHCs includes:

  • School difficulties
  • Relational trauma/attachment
  • Self-harm/suicidal thoughts
  • Family conflict
  • Trauma related difficulties
  • Separation and Divorce related concerns
  • Impact of Domestic violence
  • Peer and social problems/learning issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Families impacted by adult mental health issues
  • Socio-economic, immigration, newcomer and community isolation stressors/ challenges
  • sexual orientation/gender identity issues

 The range of Mental Health Issues treated at CMHCs includes:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders (including Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD)
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and other Psychotic Disorders
  • Substance –Related and Addictive Disorders
  • Mental health issues associated with Neurodevelopmental disorders, including:
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
    • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
    • Learning Disabilities (LD)
    • Tic Disorders (including Tourette’s Syndrome)

The range of Services provided at CMHCs includes:

  • Specialized Consultation and Assessment
  • Crisis Support
  • Walk-In
  • Individual Counselling and Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Classroom / school-based treatment
  • Family / Caregiver Skill Building and Support Services
  • Parent Groups
  • Children’s skills building groups
  • Addictions counselling
  • In-Home services
  • Residential Services
  • Youth Justice Services
  • Service coordination or wraparound process
  • Trauma Response Intervention
  • Specialized services for child welfare families
  • Residential Respite
  • Non-residential respite

 To find a children’s mental health centre in your area, click here.