Position Paper

Strengthening Children’s Mental Health Residential Treatment Through Evidence and Experience

This paper was developed from Kinark’s extensive review of research evidence and our own experience as a residential treatment provider. Through the paper, Kinark calls on government and its service provider colleagues to commit to a vision of a true system of services for children and youth with mental health issues that is rooted in strong capacity for individual assessments and partnerships with families in their children’s care.

Families and providers are also expressing concerns about the capacity of the current system of child and youth mental health services to contribute to better outcomes for complex clients along with the limited number of residential programs that are equipped to safely and effectively serve highly complex children and youth.

Kinark believes that the evidence outlined in this paper contributes a strong and compelling call to action and that there is an opportunity now to begin redeveloping the decades-old system through the formation of a clear policy framework and a comprehensive provincial service plan.

Kinark is proud to contribute its perspective to this effort through this paper, in support of our ongoing collaborative work with our partners.