RBC Foundation Donates $50,000 to Support Youth Access to Mental Health Services in Peel Region

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Mississauga – A $50,000 grant from RBC Foundation to Peel Children’s Centre will make it easier for youth to access mental health services in Peel Region. The grant increases capacity at the “front door” of Peel’s child and youth mental health (CYMH) service system, funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS). The funding is part of RBC Foundation’s Youth Mental Health Project, which supports technology-based solutions and navigation systems that address youth and families’ immediate need to access mental health services, a critical area identified by parents, youth, and experts in the field.

As Lead Agency for CYMH services, Peel Children’s Centre (PCC) has made simplifying access to Peel’s CYMH service system a priority. For the past several years, PCC has been working with its community partners (Associated Youth Services of Peel, Nexus Youth Services, Rapport Youth and Family Services, Trillium Health Partners, and William Osler Health System), and with families/youth, to evolve Mental Health Services for Children and Youth (“centralized intake”) into a coordinated intake network model that aligns with best practices. Peel’s coordinated access/intake network leverages technology in support of system planning and accountability. It also employs a standardized intake process and evidence-informed assessment tools to consistently assess the needs of children, youth and their families in order to connect them to the most appropriate services/supports to meet those needs.

PCC is pleased that RBC has joined Peel’s mental health community of MCYS-funded service providers as we work together to realize the provincial government’s Moving On Mental Health (MOMH) action plan, which seeks to transform the experiences of children, youth and families so that wherever they live in Ontario, they can access the same core mental health services and have clear pathways to care.

“RBC’s commitment to support technology-based solutions and navigation systems that address youth and their families’ need to access mental health services is perfectly aligned with MCYS’ vision for simplified access to CYMH services across the province, as well as our local efforts,” says PCC CEO Humphrey Mitchell. “As Lead Agency, PCC is committed to working with our partners to build a ‘front door’ that is easy to find so that children, youth, and families can get the help they need, when they need it. RBC’s support comes at a critical time and we are very appreciative of our partnership.”

“We will all be affected by mental health in our lives – directly or indirectly,” said Rebecca Louzado, Director, Cultural and Community Marketing, RBC. “Providing funding to programs like this helps families when they need to focus on what’s most important to them: their child. We are very proud to support Peel Children’s Centre and help address this growing need.”

Peel Children’s Centre is a fully accredited, not-for-profit children’s mental health agency. Since 1985, PCC has provided free and confidential mental health services to over 4,300 children, youth and their families annually. PCC was named Lead Agency for Peel Region in 2014. To learn more about PCC, visit our website, www.peelcc.org. To learn more about PCC’s role as Lead Agency and the MOMH strategy, please visit www.peelcc.org/en/lead-agency.

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Alexandra Macgregor-Amde, Communications Specialist
905-795-3500 ext. 2297

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