Programs and Services

As a leading provider of services and supports for children and youth with complex needs and their families, Kinark provides clinical assessment and intervention to some of Ontario’s most complex and high risk children and youth.

Services are provided in the areas of Child and Youth Mental Health, Autism, Forensic Mental Health/Youth Justice.

To speak with someone about our services, please call Central Intake at 1-888-454-6275.

Clinical Services

Community-Based Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH)

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Kinark’s team of experts provide evidence-based services for children and youth with complex mental health needs and their families. A full range of assessment and treatment services are provided by inter-disciplinary teams of clinicians. These services are provided to clients in the most appropriate environment to best meet their needs, including Kinark offices, in-home, in the community or schools as well as to children and youth who are in Live-in Treatment.

Kinark also serves as the Lead Agency for child and youth mental health services in three distinct service areas to plan and coordinate service delivery.

Kinark Autism Services

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Kinark provides a range of free services for families registered in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) as well as fee-for-service options for children and youth with ASD, siblings, parents, and caregivers. Our team of skilled clinicians, including Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), deliver caring, responsive, and family-centred Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) services customized to meet the unique strengths and needs of each family.

You can request a consultation through Kinark Autism Services by visiting the website KinarkAutismServices.ca

Forensic Mental Health

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Kinark provides one of three Secure Treatment programs in the province of Ontario.  Our expert team provides assessment, treatment and re-integration services and supports for youth who have been diagnosed with significant mental health issues and where stabilization and recovery has not been achieved in other health settings.  Kinark has the capacity for 24 Secure Treatment beds within our secure treatment facility in Oakville, Ontario – Syl Apps Youth Centre.

In addition to the operation of the Syl Apps Youth Centre, Kinark provides the Intensive Support and Supervision Program (ISSP), an intensive, treatment-focused, community-based, alternative to custody program for youth in conflict with the law with significant mental health issues.

Kinark Outdoor Centre


The KOC is an outdoor and therapeutic respite facility in Minden, Ontario. The year-round camping facility is designed to deliver a menu of social recreational and therapeutic respite programs primarily for children and youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. From skill development, family enrichment, social recreation, respite, and adventure-based experiences, the KOC offers high-quality programming and once-in-a-lifetime experiences in a safe, well-supported and natural environment.

Supervised Access Service

Kinark’s highly respected Supervised Access programs provide virtual services and safe, neutral, and accessible locations where adults and children can be supported during on-site parenting time with their parents who are separated/divorced and/or experiencing difficulties with maintaining child/parent relationships. In addition, our programs provide supervised exchange services, where the children are transitioned from one parent/relative to the other via staff for parenting time outside the Centre, not involving staff. Funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Kinark provides supervised parenting services in Simcoe and Muskoka, as well Peterborough, Cobourg, and Lindsay.

For information about our Supervised Access Services, please call:

Simcoe/Muskoka: 1-800-230-8534 Ext. 1
Peterborough: 1-800-386-6561 Ext. 1