Children's Mental Health

Moving on Mental Health

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services is in the process of transforming the way child and youth mental health services are delivered across Ontario. In their Moving on Mental Health Strategy, released November 2012, the Ministry outlined its framework for establishing a better coordinated, more integrated, collaborative and accountable child and youth mental health system while facilitating easier access for families and their children.

Lead Agency

One element of the strategy is the identification of Lead Agencies in 33 defined service areas across Ontario who will be responsible for planning and delivery of child and youth mental health (CYMH) services. Within each defined community, a lead agency will be responsible for the following:

  • creating clear and simple to use pathways to care for parents and youth.
  • establishing a plan for the delivery of CYMH services across the service area.
  • deliver or contract for the delivery of the range of defined core Ministry of Children and Youth Services-funded Children and Youth Mental Health services.
  • ensure those services are effective and accountable to parents, youth, and children.

Chatham-Kent Children’s Services was identified as Lead Agency for child and youth mental health in the Chatham-Kent service area in 2015.   Our agency as the selected Lead Mental Health Agency for this service area is committed to supporting and collaborating with our community partners to strengthen the CYMH sector in all our program areas.

Chatham-Kent Children’s Services currently provides the following “core services” as defined by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

Crisis Services

Our Crisis services (STAT-Short Term Assessment and Treatment) offers immediate intervention for children, youth and their families who are experiencing a current crisis.  These crisis situations include serious risk of harm to self or others, recent traumatic event, self-harm behavior, and severe emotional difficulties/behavioral problems. The primary role of the worker is to provide time-limited services to stabilize the situation and determine the need for further service.

Counselling and Therapy Services

Mental Health Counselling and therapy services include a series of planned inter-related interventions focuses on reducing the severity of and/or remedying the emotional, social, behavioral, and self-regulation problems of children and youth ages 0 to 18 years of age.   Services are provided within the context of the family, culture and community and can be delivered in a range of settings. 

Brief Services

The Door of Hope Walk in Clinic focuses on reducing the severity of and/or remedying the emotional, social and behavioral and self-regulation problems of children and youth.  The walk in clinic provides quick access to a single therapeutic session to address an immediate non crisis need.  Children/youth and/or their families may come to the clinic without an appointment during walk-in clinic hours.  Appointments are available on a first come-first serve basis.

Family / Caregiver Capacity Building and Support

Families (including parents, caregivers, guardians, siblings, and other family members) have a critical role to play in promoting and supporting the mental health of their family members.  Family members may receive services where their participation supports the treatment plan of the referred child or youth.  These services enhance the family’s ability to support and effectively respond to their child or youth’s mental health needs.

Specialized Consultation and Assessment Services

Specialized consultation and assessments are designed to provide advice in the assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and/or treatment of a child or youth with identified mental health needs. Children and youth may only receive a specialized consultation or assessment as a component of their individualized treatment plan.

Intensive Treatment Services

Intensive treatment services are targeted to children and youth who have been diagnosed/identified with mental health problems that impair their functioning in some or many areas.  Many of these children/youth will require intensive intervention for a defined period of time or periodically throughout their lifespan to maintain functioning in home, school and/or community. 

Intensive services include:
  • Residential Services for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent - offered by Windsor Regional Children’s Centre and Maryvale
  • Community based day Treatment Services - offered in collaboration with the Lambton Kent District School Board (elementary and secondary Section 23 classrooms) 
  • St Clair Catholic District School Board (Autism Transitional Section 23 classroom)



What to look for:

  • poorer marks and performance at school
  • avoidance of family or friends
  • suspicion and mistrust
  • frequent outbursts of anger or rage
  • loss of appetite
  • difficulty sleeping
  • rebelling against authority
  • drinking and / or drug use
  • damaging other people’s property
  • constant worrying
  • no longer taking care of their appearance
  • obsession with weight
  • loss of energy and motivation
  • habitually hitting or bullying children
  • self-injury
  • disinterest in doing things they used to enjoy


Client Rights 

Parent Handbook for Children's Mental Health 

Walk-In Clinic Flyer 2017

Stakeholder Feedback

Mental Health Services Client Satisfaction Survey

LHIN/CKCS Partnership (2016 Year-in-Review)

Intake to Mental Health & Developmental Services Pilot Program Evaluation

BCFPI Client Satisfaction (All programs)

"Walk-in Clinic" Single-session Client Satisfaction Survey

2016 Walk in Client Profile

2016 MH BCFPI Outcomes