Specialized Clinics and Programs

CHEO is one of the largest providers of child and youth mental health services in Ontario. We offer a broad range of both hospital and community-based services for children and youth (aged 0 – 18) and their families -- spanning prevention and early intervention to more intensive diagnostic and treatment services.   In addition, CHEO and The Royal partner to provide an integrated system of specialized psychiatric services.

Specialized services:

Emergency Services provide emergency psychiatric, crisis intervention and urgent services. Services are provided in CHEO’s Emergency Department.

Inpatient services include a 19 bed unit for children and youth aged 17 and under for crisis stabilization.

Referral
from a physician is required for CHEO mental health clinics and programs. Referring physicians must submit a referral package to Centralized Mental Health intake.

Out-Patient

The intake process includes diagnostic consultations with one or more CHEO mental health experts and referral to specialized clinics and programs if required. CHEO’s Centralized Intake Office for Mental Health provides a single point of entry to mental health clinics and programs. Access to services is by physician referral only. A child or youth's family physician or pediatrician needs to submit a package to CHEO's Central Intake to refer patients. If you are a physician and you do not have a package please call 613-737-2496 for information on how to obtain one. Please note: This number is for use only by physicians and is not to be used by patients who wish to contact Centralized Intake

Urgent Care Program
Consultation Team
Mood and Anxiety Clinic
Eating Disorders Program
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Disruptive Behaviour Disorder (DBD) Clinic
Abuse and Trauma Team
Behavioural Neurosciences and Consultation Liaison (BNCL)
Telemedicine Outreach
Ontario Child and Youth Telepsychiatry Program
Programme d'evitement

Day Treatment

CHEO offers Day Treatment Programs for school-aged children (Steps to Success) and adolescents (Back on Track and Centre Ado du Millennium) in partnership with the Francophone and Anglophone school boards of the greater Ottawa region.

Steps to Success
Back on Track and Centre Ado du Millennium


 

Out-Patient Clinics and Programs 

Urgent Care Program  

The Urgent Care Program provides assessment and consultation for children and youth up to 17 years old who have urgent mental health needs such as suicidal behaviour, abrupt decrease in mood or functioning. The urgency or severity of need determines the priority for treatment. Patients are assessed and diagnosed by psychiatrists and psychologists with particular attention to safety and risk. If required, recommendations for follow-up care and treatment will be made.  

Consultation Team

The Consultation Team provides assessment and consultation for children and youth up to 15 years old who have significant emotional and behavioural problems. The team consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, and a psychological associate. The assessment evaluates the child’s level of functioning, determines whether there is a mental health diagnosis to be made and if required, provides recommendations for follow-up.

The Mood and Anxiety Clinic

The Mood and Anxiety Clinic offers consultation and referral to mental health services for children and youth with mood and anxiety problems such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and social phobia. Health care professionals bring a range of perspectives to the consultation process from their backgrounds in psychiatry, psychology, social work and occupational therapy.    

Eating Disorder Program 

CHEO’s Regional Eating Disorder Program provides care based on current proven practices and treatments for children and youth who suffer from a moderate to severe eating disorder. The program offers several treatment approaches which are individualized to best meet the needs of the patient.   

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Disruptive Behaviour Disorder (DBD) Clinic

The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Disruptive Behaviour Disorder (DBD) Clinic at CHEO offers diagnostic assessment and recommendations for children and youth under the age of 16 with attentional and behavioural problems. The multidisciplinary team provides a range of assessment and diagnostic clinical services and has backgrounds in psychology, social work, pediatrics and psychiatry. Services are offered in English or French.   

Abuse and Trauma Team

The Abuse and Trauma Team provides assessment and treatment of children and youth who have had problems with abuse - physical, sexual or emotional. The team includes psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers with expertise in abuse and trauma. 

Behavioural Neurosciences and Consultation Liaison Team (BNCL)

Behavioural Neurosciences and Consultation Liaison (BNCL) provides mental health consultation, neuropsychological assessment, recommendations and short-term interventions for inpatients and outpatients who have both medical and mental health issues which impact their adjustment, treatment or recovery. BNCL team members have backbrounds in psychiatry, psychology, and nursing.      

Telemedicine Outreach

CHEO and the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre provide the Telemedicine Outreach Program for children and youth with complex mental health needs in rural communities through the video conferencing capabilities of the Ontario Telemedicine Network. Services for children up to age 18 are provided in the communities of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry; Prescott-Russell; Renfrew; and North Lanark/North Grenville. The program provides direct and indirect consultations as well as education.

Ontario Child and Youth Telepsychiatry Program

Ontario’s Telepsychiatry Program is a creative solution for increasing access and reducing wait times by providing mental health services for children and youth in rural, remote and underserved communities through video conferencing. Ottawa Region and Eastern Ontario are served through CHEO which is one of three current hubs in the program. The other hubs are: The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and the Child and Parent Institute at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. The program provides mental health services such as assessments, diagnosis, recommendations for medication and therapy or counseling. Anyone can request a consultation including parents, guardians, counselors, social workers, mental health workers, doctors and special ed teachers. Contact the Program Intake Coordinator at 613-737-7600 x1296.     

Programme d’évitement

Programme d'evitement is a partnership between CHEO and the Ottawa French Public School Board. The program serves adolescents who are experiencing attendance difficulties and are between the ages of 12 and 18 (grade 6 to 12). Students who benefit from this service are often struggling with mental health issues that cannot be met by school resources.The program has the resources to serve 12 students.   


 

Day Treatment Programs

CHEO offers Day Treatment Programs for school-aged children (Steps to Success) and adolescents (Back on Track and Centre Ado du Millennium) in partnership with the Francophone and Anglophone school boards of the greater Ottawa region. These care and treatment programs are based in community schools and are designed to respond to the mental health and educational needs of children and adolescents aged 4 to 18 years who have complex emotional and behavioral problems.

Day treatment programs use a therapeutic community-based approach where the child or youth attends a program that occurs primarily within a classroom. The programs operate within a Collaborative Problem Solving Approach. This involves the use of a positive approach to changing behaviors. The goal of the treatment is to build on the child’s strengths and develop strategies that will best respond to their needs. The program works in partnership with parents or guardians, community schools, as well as other professionals who may be involved in the child or youth’s care. Outreach services are also offered to support the reintegration of the child or youth who is leaving the intensive treatment phase of the program and returning to a community school.

Day Treatment Programs consist of a core team that includes child and youth counselors, teachers and educational assistants as well as a multidisciplinary consultation team which includes psychiatrists, social workers, psychologist/psychological associates, occupational therapists and speech therapists. Psychology services include comprehensive assessments, brief individual and family interventions, and consultation to parents, professionals, community agencies and schools.

Steps to Success

Steps to Success is a care and treatment program based in a community school. The program is designed to meet the mental health and educational needs of children aged 4 to 13 who have complex emotional and behavioral problems. The goal of the program is to build on the child’s strengths and develop strategies that will best respond to their needs. The program works in partnership with parents or guardians and community schools.    

Back on Track and Centre Ado

Back on Track is a care and treatment program, with educational and therapeutic components, that works hand-in-hand in re-integrating adolescents back into community schoolsand community living.  

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