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Thistletown Regional Centre

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Thistletown Regional Centre

Thistletown Regional Centre is a children's mental health centre in Etobicoke that offers services for children, youth and families with complex mental health, behavioural or developmental challenges, or who have experienced sexual abuse. 

The transfer of programs and services to community-based agencies is in line with the government's commitment to build a more coordinated, responsive and efficient child and youth mental health system.  Over the next two years, the ministry will work with families and community-based agencies to provide a seamless transition for Thistletown clients during the phased closure. 

The range of services and supports currently provided include:

  • Clinical assessment and treatment
  • Residential and day treatment and assessment
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Respite and in-home support
  • Clinical training and research

Services at the centre are currently provided by about 260 staff.

Residential Care

  • There are currently 15 residents at Thistletown.  The ministry will work with families to prepare individualized transition plans.
  • Adult residents will continue to receive residential supports and services.
  • Youth residents are scheduled to complete their residential treatment before the closure. 

Non-Residential Programs

  • Approximately 400 clients currently receive services and supports through non-residential programs.
  • Children, youth and their families who have not completed their treatment by the time programs are fully transferred will transition to community-based agencies.
  • Children, youth and families who require day programs in the future will receive services through community-based agencies.

Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy

As part of the McGuinty government's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, the government is increasing its investment in child and youth mental health in Toronto and across the province.

  • 400 new mental health workers will provide supports in communities, schools and youth courts - benefiting more than 50,000 Ontario kids and their families.
  • New supports will focus on three key areas - fast access to high-quality services, early identification and support, and vulnerable kids with unique needs.

Media Contacts

  • Gabe De Roche

    Minister's Office


  • Solmaz Khosrowshahian

    Ministry of Children and Youth Services




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