Child & Youth Mental Health Programs

Child and Family Therapy is available to children, youth and their families who are experiencing mental health difficulties and require support beyond Brief Service/Counselling Walk-In Clinic. Therapy is evidence-based and tailored to meet the needs of each child or youth and family. Culture, family and community are important to supporting these services and help determine the appropriate setting and frequency of service. Participation in services is voluntary and consent is required.

Intensive Service Worker program (ISW) provides a range of intensive and flexible in home and community based services for children and youth with mental health difficulties, to strengthen both the capacity of families to support their children and the ability of children and youth to function effectively in their homes and community. The Intensive Treatment Service program is concentrated over ten to twelve weeks and is offered to children and adolescents up to 18 years of age and their families residing in the District of Muskoka.


Mental Health Crisis Line For Children and Youth

Call 1.844.287.9072 to reach our confidential Mental Health Crisis Line for children and youth, their families, caregivers and service providers.

  • Your call will be answered by a trained respondent 24/7.
  • We will listen and connect you to the right help.
  • We are here to help children and youth who are experiencing a mental health crisis, their parents, caregivers and service providers.
  • All calls are confidential.

Specialized Consultation and Assessments

Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions offers specialized consultation and assessments to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of a child or youth with mental health needs as part of their mental health treatment. Included in this is Ontario’s Tele-Mental Health Service which provides children and youth in rural, remote and underserved communities with access to specialized mental health consultations through videoconferencing. It connects children and youth, who are already receiving mental health services, to a specialist who can help them.


Residential Services

  • Therapeutic Respite, short term (2 to 4 days) relief for children/teens and families to support skills development and parental relief.


  • Hands’ Child and Youth Mental Health Treatment Centre, which provides short-term, residential treatment supports for youth (ages 12-16), who live in the Districts of Nipissing, Parry Sound and Muskoka.  This is a treatment centre located in North Bay providing coordinated service delivery between the treatment centre and Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions CYMH staff.
  • services are only available to children and youth already involved with the CYMH services of Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions


Group Programming

Group Programs are offered as need/demand arises.

Enhancing Attachments is a five-session program for foster, adoptive and kin parents designed to assist them to better understand and support the children in their homes who have experienced trauma and attachment disruptions.

Triple P groups (0-12 and teen) is a family intervention for parents of children who have or are at risk of developing behavior problems.  It is a preventive program that promotes positive, caring relationships between parents and their children, and helps parents develop effective strategies for dealing with a variety of childhood behavior problems and common developmental issues

Strengthening Families for the Future (SFF) is a 15- week group for parents and their children aged 7 to 11, to help to reduce factors that put families at risk for substance misuse and mental health problems, and to enhance factors that can help families to function well. Built around a family meal, the program involves the whole family. Strengthening Families for Teens (SFPY): This is the 9-week teen version of SFF.

BrainWise is a fun and interactive method for teaching children about emotional regulation. In a partnership with the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, children learn how to control impulsive behavior, accurately identify choices, assess the consequences and make responsible decisions.  Learning how to stop and think, control emotions, and make good choices are skills that underlie success. Research shows that students who complete the BrainWise Program are making better decisions.


Coordinated Service Planning

Coordinated Service Planning is available at a community level and provides child/youth centered, family focused service planning requiring inter-agency and cross-sectoral/community partner collaboration.

The outcome of coordinated service planning for a child/youth and the family/caregiver will be an integrated service plan with identified, measurable goals, and services and supports that are joined up effectively to address identified needs in support of goal achievement. The integrated service plan is agreed to by the child/youth (where appropriate), family/caregiver and participating agencies, and its implementation is a shared responsibility.

The Service Planning Coordinator provides systems level coordination and support to complex special needs children and their families in those situations where, because of the number of services involved and/or the level of support needed and/or the complexity of the situation, additional service coordination is required. 


Muskoka Youth Justice Committee Program (YJC) is mandated by the Youth Criminal Justice Act for certain offences and is an alternative to traditional court processes, with referrals from the Crown Attorney and the OPP. Youth (12–17yrs old), their parents, and the persons harmed participate in a Justice Circle. The youth are given an opportunity to make amends for their behavior and understand the impact their behaviour has had on themselves, others and the broader community.  The individual harmed is also given the opportunity to be heard and partake in what they believe is appropriate restitution; once the youth fulfills the agreement, the charges are withdrawn.


Muskoka Victor Therapy Fund (MVTF)

The MVTF is a fund that originated from the efforts of local citizens to raise fund to support local youth who have experienced sexual abuse.  The fund is to support families in providing specialized trauma interventions, such as art therapy, sand tray therapy, EMDR, etc. when publicly funded treatment has been found insufficient.   Application needs to be submitted by a service provider and is available MVF Application Form (002).  The Terms of Reference with respect to the operation of the MVTF are available here.