The onset of most mental illnesses occur during adolescence and can interfere with the development of independent living skills, interpersonal and family relationships., as well as educational, recreational and work-related activities.
Early diagnosis and treatment of mental illness is essential in building a solid foundation for a bright future.
Ontario Shores offers assessment and treatment programs for adolescents aged 12-18. In some cases, patients are able to remain at home while accessing treatment through outpatient services. In other more complex cases the patient may require a period of hospitalization for diagnosis and stabilization.
Please see our list of adolescent treatment programs and related instructions for referrals.
Adolescent Inpatient Services
Adolescent Inpatient Services Unit For ages 12-18.
The Adolescent Inpatient Unit provides a 75-day program including assessment, stabilization, with individual and/or group treatments for youth aged 12-18 requiring hospitalization, with a goal of symptom management, improved function and reintegration into the community.
Referrals: Patients can be referred through Durham Central Intake at 1.888.454.6275 by family doctors, psychiatrists or nurse practitioners.
Eating Disorders Unit For ages 12-17.
12-bed inpatient unit for youth aged 12-17 struggling with an eating disorder. Care is focusses on recovery and rehabilitation and provides post-discharge support and planning for transition home. Average length of stay is 105 days.
Referrals: Patients can be referred through Ontario Shores Central Intake by family doctors, psychiatrists or nurse practitioners.
Adolescent Outpatient Services
Adolescent Outpatient Services For ages 12-15.
Provides 12-15 weeks of outpatient assessment and treatment for young people for mood and anxiety syndromes.
Adolescent Day Treatment For ages 14-18.
Provides mental health and education support within a local highschool to assist adolescents 14-18 years of age with transition into a community setting.
Prompt Care Clinic For ages 16+
Located within the Whitby Shores SmartCentres Plaza this clinic serves individuals who require prompt psychiatric care but do not need to visit a hospital emergency room and are able to wait up to three working days for an appointment.
Need Help Accessing Care?
If you have any questions about the best approach to accessing care for a young adult please contact our Central Intake department at 1.877.767.9642 or @email.