Mental Health and Addictions Service

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addictions Service offer a range of mental health services from consultation to ongoing follow-up and treatment coordination. We do not offer an inpatient service.

Services offered

  • Outpatient consultation and follow-up clinic
  • Collaborative care to the department of pediatrics at St. Michael’s
  • Children’s Aid Society consultation
  • First episode psychosis case management (STEPS for Youth Program)
  • Consultation as requested to St. Michael’s Family Health Teams, Medical Psychiatry, and Urgent Care Program.
  • Consultation as required to other children’s mental health agencies as requested

Eligibility criteria

  • Age 18 years and under (except for STEPS, ages 14 - 35)
  • Currently residing in the St. Michael’s catchment area or homeless

How to access the service

To access the service, there is one standardized referral form that can be obtained by calling the intake secretary at 416-864-5120.

Starting Treatment Early for Psychosis Service (STEPS) to Youth Program

STEPS for Youth Program team What we do

The Starting Treatment Early for Psychosis Service (STEPS) for Youth program is designed to provide early intervention services for youth experiencing signs and symptoms of a first episode of psychosis. We work with youth between the ages of 14 to 35. Our clients may also be homeless and have problems with drugs or alcohol.

Services offered

Assessment, treatment and case management services are provided by an interdisciplinary team including: psychiatry, nursing, occupational therapy and social work. The team provides outreach services to meet clients in their homes or in the community. Clients receive weekly support from the team. Services are provided for up to three years. Clients are supported to connect with the appropriate service before they are discharged from the program.

STEPS uses a recovery-oriented approach to provide:

  • assessment
  • treatment
  • help and support with school, work and social activities
  • family education and support
  • public education and advocacy
  • linkages to community agencies and services
  • weekly group programming

Eligibility criteria

  • Youth age 14-35 experiencing signs and symptoms of what may be early psychosis.
  • Clients must be living in our catchment area: Yonge St. to Victoria Park, Bloor/Danforth to Lake Ontario.

How to access the service

The Access Point will accept applications, screen and process referrals to the team. 

Please call The Access Point at 416-640-1934 to obtain an application form.  Once the application form is submitted, The Access Point will assess the client for eligibility; if the client meets the eligibility criteria, The Access Point will send the referral to the STEPS team.