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Improving Mental Health Services For Children And Youth

McGuinty Government Transferring Mental Health Services To Community-Based Agencies In The GTA

Ontario is beginning the process of closing the Thistletown Regional Centre in Etobicoke and transferring the children's mental health services offered there to local mental health agencies in the community.

The provincial facility will wind down over the next two years with children, residents and their families able to access services from community-based agencies where and when they need them.

There will be no cuts to funding for services as a result of this transition.

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services will work closely with those who currently receive services through Thistletown to help them make a smooth transition to community-based programs and services. 

This transfer is in line with the McGuinty government's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, a plan that will help more than 50,000 children, youth and their families find top-quality and timely help in their communities over the next three years. 

Quick Facts

  • 400 children and youth receive day services at Thistletown Regional Centre and another 15 clients get residential care.
  • The closure of Thistletown Regional Centre will affect about 260 staff over the next two years.
  • Since 2005, the government has increased funding to community-based agencies in the GTA by 24 per cent for child and youth mental health services.
  • The government is working with clients, families, staff, their representatives and the local community to minimize the impact of these changes.
  • Through Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, 400 additional mental health workers will provide support to young people in their communities, schools and youth courts.

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“We know that by moving mental health services into the community, delivered by local community agencies closer to home, we can be more responsive to the needs of kids and their families, providing them with services when and where they need them. We will work closely with families to ensure a smooth transition to comprehensive, local and effective services that fit their needs.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Children and Youth Services

Media Contacts

  • Gabe De Roche

    Minister's Office


  • Solmaz Khosrowshahian

    Ministry of Children and Youth Services




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