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ChildChild and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program

Location:

Children’s Hospital

Zone B, Level 8
800 Commissioners Rd. East, London, ON

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Our Program

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program (CAMHCP) provides clinical services for children and youth up to 17 years of age and their families.  Services include Inpatients, Outpatients, Day Treatment, and Eating Disorders and may be delivered by an inter-disciplinary team.  Teachers from the W.D. Sutton School of the Thames Valley Distric School Board also support some clinical areas.

About Our Services


Inpatients

Contact:

Phone:  519-685-8500, Ext. 52091, Fax:  519-685-8403

  • Inpatients serve children and adolescents requiring short-term admission for crisis stabilization and assessment of urgent mental health problems.
  • Coordination with community resources is completed for follow up treatment.
  • Children and adolescents may also attend W.D. Sutton School while in hospital.

Catchment area for Inpatients: London, Middlesex, Elgin and Oxford counties. 

Outpatients

Contact:

Phone:  519-667-6607, Fax:  519-685-8595

  • Outpatients services offers assessment and treatment for children and adolescents with mental health difficulties of an internalizing nature, such as:
    • Anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • Mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder
    • Suicidal behaviours
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Psychotic disorders e.g. schizophrenia
    • Psychosomatic disorders
    • Acute symptoms of distress related to family or personal crisis, abusive experiences, and/or experiencing or witnessing traumatic events.
  • Recommendations for treatment will be made at the time of the assessment, which may involve ongoing services or suggestions regarding alternatives in the community.
  • Clinical services may involve individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and pharmacotherapy.
  • Requests for psychiatric consultations must be supported by a physician referral.

Catchment area for Outpatients:  London and Middlesex County.


Day Treatment

Contact:

Phone:  519-685-8500, Ext. 52303, Fax:  519-685-8595

  • Day Treatment offers assessment and treatment of children and adolescents between 10 and 17 years of age, with internalizing difficulties (as described above), who require more intensive services than available through Outpatients but do not require hospitalization.
  • While in Day Treatment, children and adolescents attend W. D. Sutton school. Co-ordination with the community school is undertaken to assist in a timely return to that setting.
  • A physician referral is required

Catchment area for Day Treatment: London, Middlesex, Elgin and Oxford counties.

Referrals from other counties will be considered if the family and/or guardian can arrange transportation.

Eating Disorders

Contact:

Phone:  519-685-8500, Ext. 56158, Fax:  519-685-8595

  • Services (Outpatients, Day Treatment and Inpatients) are offered regionally for clients, who are experiencing Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia and eating problems, including restricting, bingeing, purging, excessive exercising and low body weight.
  • Referrals to Eating Disorders must be made by a physician who accepts responsibility for medical care until patients are seen.
  • Documentation of medical evaluations, i.e. physical examination, bloodwork and ECG results completed within the past four weeks must accompany the referral.
  • Inpatient services are provided for patients who are acutely ill. Day Treatment placements are available for normalization of eating. Outpatients offer assessment and treatment.
  • W.D. Sutton provides education for eating disorder Inpatients and Day Treatment.
  • Outreach workers are available in Goderich, Stratford, Woodstock, Sarnia, Chatham, and Owen-Sound, offering limited services, including screening, psycho-educational groups, and/or therapy.

Catchment area for Eating Disorders : London, Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford, Huron, Perth, Lambton, Kent, Grey, Bruce and Essex counties.

How To Make Referrals

Referrals should be directed to our Intake Office:

Phone: 519-667-6640 Fax: 519-667-6814

Referrals for services are accepted from patients, family members, community physicians, mental health practitioners, schools, community agencies, and other mental health facilities. A physician’s referral is required for Psychiatric Consultations, Eating Disorders and Day Treatment.

All services are covered through O.H.I.P.

Referrals for the following difficulties are redirected at intake or assessment to more appropriate resources in the community:

  • Children and adolescents who require continuous care or shelter, as opposed to treatment.
  • Referrals for assessments regarding custody and access, child welfare or youth justice.
  • Difficulties which are better addressed by other agencies due to such primary presenting concerns as:
    • Behavioural problems
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Conduct Disorder (CD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    • Substance abuse
    • Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD)
    • Learning disabilities
    • Marked intellectual impairment
    • Physical illness without an associated mental health problem

Child & Adolescent Outpatients and Day Treatment Referral Form

Referral Form for Eating Disorders

What to Expect

  • Referrals, other than through direct inpatient admissions, are screened at both intake and first assessment.
  • Children, youth, and their families may be accepted into ongoing services or redirected to alternative agencies.
  • If ongoing services are to be provided these may include family therapy, individual therapy, group therapy and/or pharmacotherapy.

Team Members you may meet in our program

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Child and Youth Counselors
  • Child and Family Therapist
  • Dietician
  • Clerical support staff
  • W.D. Sutton teachers

Education

Speakers are available to community agencies and groups on a variety of subjects, such as the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents presenting with eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and post traumatic stress disorders, as well as family therapy, pharmacotherapy, among other topics.

Teaching

We are involved in training and provide placements in the medical and allied health professions, e.g., psychiatry, paediatrics, family medicine, psychology, dietetic counseling, social work, family therapy, nursing and child and youth counseling.

Research

We are involved with ongoing evaluation of clinical programs and clinical research.

Donations

Donations to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program are welcomed through the Children’s Health Foundation at 519-432-8564.

Links and Resources

mindyourmind.ca

mentalhealth4kids.ca

Parents for Children's Mental Health


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