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Community Mental Health

Intensive Services for Youth

Community Mental Health

Supporting youth with significant mental health needs

The Intensive Services for Youth (ISFY) program at SickKids CCMH supports youth in grades 9 to12, with significant mental health needs. This includes youth who are struggling at home, school and in the community which may include include anxiety, depression and emotional dysregulation.

Each youth and family complete an assessment with a team that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, child and family therapists, child and youth care practitioners and nurses. The team will work with the family and/or the youth to decide which services are needed, from day treatment and community-based transition services to support at our live-in facility at our Jarvis site.

A black female teacher helps a male youth with school work

The team specializes in supporting youth and families to access intensive treatment without the need for lengthy absences from home. At the same time, treatment at our live-in facility provides out-of-home support when it is needed as a complement to other service options.

Youth in this program may attend a day treatment secondary school classroom at one of our four Toronto District School Board classrooms while receiving individual, group, family and milieu therapy. They are also assisted in their transitions before, during and after treatment by our community-based transition team.

ISFY is a family-based program and caregiver participation is a key part of its success. The program provides a process to create positive change for your whole family, including participation in groups, family therapy and more.

An art class with 3 youth painting

To learn more about ISFY, call our intake department at 416-924-1164, ext. 8708 or email us at intake@sickkidscmh.ca.