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.
Community-Based Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH)
Within all of our CYMH locations, a full range of assessment and treatment services including individual, family and group counselling is provided by an inter-disciplinary team of clinicians to children and youth with complex needs and their families. 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 residential care.
Ontario is transforming the way that children and youth with autism, and their families, receive services and supports through the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP). The new program will ensure all families of children and youth with autism receive flexible, family-centred services based on each child’s unique needs. The government is committed to ensuring all families are supported through a smooth and seamless transition as they enter the new program.
As part of the new OAP, Kinark Child and Family Services’ Central Intake serves as the single point of access (SPOA) for the Ontario Autism Program for children and youth aged 0-18 years in York and Durham Regions, Simcoe County, and the four Counties of Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Northumberland.
Forensic Mental Health /Youth Justice
At Syl Apps Youth Centre, Kinark provides court-ordered intensive treatment and support in a secure setting to youth in conflict with the law who have serious mental health issues, children and youth found to be at significant risk of harm to themselves or others where no less intrusive program is appropriate and youth who have been determined by the courts to be not criminally responsible or unfit to stand trial due to the nature of their mental illness.
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.
Moving on Mental Health
The Ministry of Children and Youth Services is in the process of transforming the way child and youth mental health services are delivered across Ontario. In their Moving on Mental Health Strategy, released November 2012, the Ministry outlined its framework to establishing a better coordinated, integrated, collaborative and accountable child and youth mental health system while facilitating easier access for families and their children.
Kinark’s Outdoor Centre
Kinark’s Outdoor Centre has a rich history in residential camping, outdoor education, recreational programming and community building. The camp provides enhanced respite programs for children and youth with autism and their families, school programs and outdoor recreation, camp rental and group retreats as well as a day camp for children and youth.
Kinark believes that child care services should be provided in a warm and nurturing atmosphere that develops children’s sense of belonging and well-being within the program, while recognizing the individual needs of each child. Educators facilitate a child-centered program within an environment that supports all aspects of the child’s development, which allows the child to engage, explore, inquire and interact with others in play.
Supervised Access Service
Kinark’s highly respected Supervised Access programs provide safe, neutral and accessible locations where children can be supported during visits with their parents who are involved in custody/access disputes. Funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General, Kinark provides supervised access in Simcoe and Muskoka, as well as the Four Counties (Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes, Halibuton). Kinark also provides administrative support to the Toronto Supervised Access program.