The Parkwood Adolescent Proghram is comprised of a tertiary care 9 bed regional inpatient unit for youth ages 13 to 18 years old, with a complex psychiatric presentation and an outreach program with psychiatric consultation. The average inpatient stay is variable, but typically 4 to 6 weeks. Outreach includes individual support for youth as well as a youth and family intensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) group, as well as a peer support group model for DBT graduates. The interprofessional team includes two psychiatrists, a clinical psychologist, social workers, an occupational therapist, a therapeutic recreational therapist, a child/youth counselor and nursing staff. One of the main roles of the inpatient team is to provide an assessment of psychiatric symptoms and functioning. Patients may be involved in individual therapy, group therapies and family therapy as indicated by their psychiatric assessment. Ongoing communication exists between patients, their families and other parties involved, such as Children's Aid Society (CAS), group homes, and schools. (Section 23 school on-site.)
Catchment area includes the following counties: Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton, London-Middlesex, Oxford-Elgin, Huron-Perth, Grey-Bruce, Waterloo-Wellington for inpatient care and Middlesex County for Outreach services.
The inpatient program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) and the Outreach and Outpatient Psychiatry Consultation is jointly funded by the Ministry of Child and Youth Services (MCYS) and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC).
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program is a regional provider of primary, secondary, and tertiary child and adolescent mental health services with four components: Inpatient, Outpatient, Eating Disorders, and Day Treatment.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program serves children and adolescents who present with mental health difficulties, such as: mood disorders including depression, bipolar disorder and suicidal behaviours, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, psychosomatic disorders, as well as acute symptoms of distress related to family or personal crisis, abusive experiences, and/or experiencing or witnessing traumatic events and changes within the family.
Vanier Children’s Services serves children age 0 to 14 who have serious, emotional, mental illness and behavioural problems, along with their families.
Programs and services are flexible and responsive to the specific needs of each family.
Crisis intervention, residential services, day treatment, early years programming and various attachment therapies, family counseling, community outreach, day and overnight respite, and in-home counseling are offered.