Peel Children’s Centre Appointed Lead Agency for Child and Youth Mental Health Sector in Peel

Mississauga – Peel Children’s Centre (PCC) is delighted to be selected as Lead Agency for the child and youth mental health service sector in Peel Region.

The decision was part of today’s announcement by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services of the lead agencies for the 14 service areas in Phase One of Moving on Mental Health, the provincial government’s transformation of Ontario’s child and youth mental health service system.

Moving on Mental Health will transform the experiences of children, youth and families so that wherever they live in Ontario, they can access the same core services and have clear pathways to care.

“The Board and senior staff of Peel Children’s Centre are delighted to accept the responsibilities of Lead Agency for Peel Region,” said Roman Boychuk, President of PCC’s Board of Directors. “Moving on Mental Health will strengthen our community-based system for delivering mental health services, bringing people and organizations closer together to benefit Peel’s children, youth and families.”

“We look forward to working closely with our partner agencies to achieve the goals of transformation so that all children, youth and families in Peel will know what mental health services are available and how to access the services and supports that meet their needs,” said Humphrey Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of PCC.

Lead agencies will assume greater responsibilities over a two- to three -year period. During the first year, all ministry-funded child and youth mental health agencies will continue to play an important role in delivering quality services for children, youth and their families.

Eventually, the responsibilities of lead agencies will fall into two broad categories:

  • Core Service responsibilities – ensuring core services are delivered by the community-based child and youth mental health sector in every service area.
  • Local System responsibilities – ensuring the community-based sector works together with health care providers, schools, and other organizations so young people get the support they need.

During the first few months of operation, lead agencies will focus on leadership and planning. This includes:
  • Building their leadership team;
  • Beginning local engagement activities;
  • Raising awareness of the role of the lead agency;
  • Working together with partners to determine planning processes;
  • Documenting the status of core children and youth mental health services; and
  • Learning how to use data to support planning.

Visit www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/topics/specialneeds/mentalhealth/moving-on-mental-health.aspx for today’s announcement and information about Moving on Mental Health.

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Media enquiries:
Mora Thompson, Communications Specialist 905-795-3507 or mthompson@peelcc.org


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