Here We Grow Again!

PCC has received new funding from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services as part of the Ontario government’s commitment of $257 million province-wide over three years to expand mental health and addiction services for children and youth. Our service growth will include:

 

  • walk-in counselling and expanded brief therapy options to provide fast access to service for children and youth who are experiencing mental health difficulties
  • mental health workers in Peel schools to enable early identification and support of students with mental health difficulties
  • expansion of our Intensive Child & Family Service and Sexual Abuse Treatment Program to provide faster access to treatment.

 

The new services are a collaboration of community-based providers of mental health services for children, youth and families in Peel. PCC’s partners in the walk-in and brief therapy services are:

  • Nexus Youth Services,
  • Associated Youth Services of Peel, and
  • Rapport Youth and Family Services.

 

PCC has provided Single Session Therapy as part of our Counselling program for several years. As such, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services asked us to share our experience and expertise with staff from the partner agencies that will also be providing walk-in service. Intensive training occurred from November 23 to 25 at our main office, and ongoing training will continue until mid-January 2012.

 

Several brief therapy services are already available at PCC. To access these programs, call Mental Health Services for Children and Youth (Centralized Intake) at 905-451-4655.

 

The walk-in services are expected to open in March 2012. In our next newsletter, we will provide details on service locations and times.

 

PCC is in discussions with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, Peel District School Board, and Associated Youth Services of Peel regarding an expanded role for community mental health workers in the school system. Implementation of these new services will likely occur in 2012.

 

When the new programs are full operational, Peel’s mental health services for children and youth will be able to serve an additional 2,400 children/youth annually.

 


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