Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program


Children’s Hospital

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


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



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. 



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.

Catchment area for Outpatients:  London and Middlesex County.

Day Treatment


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

  • An intensive outpatient service for youth (aged 13 and 17) experiencing significant mood and/or anxiety symptoms.  Mental health symptoms have impacted on a youth’s ability to attend school, participate in home/community activities and socialize with others on a regular basis.

  • Services may include: attending time-limited evidence-based group sessions (2x/week)/follow-up appointments and liaising with community resources (i.e. school). 

  • Goals reviewed regularly and action plans developed in collaboration with youth/family.

Catchment area for Day Treatment: London and Middlesex County.

Eating Disorders


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.

Eating Disorders Referral Form

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 a physician or nurse practitioner.

In order to determine whether our services best meet the needs of the referred child/youth, we request the parent/youth complete the intake questionnaire.

Child & Adolescent Outpatients Referral Questionnaire

For physicians:

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Care Program Referral

We can arrange to send the questionnaire out by calling our intake office at 519-667-6640.  If a family requires assistance completing the intake questionnaire due to language, literacy or other such barriers, they may contact our intake department.

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

What to Expect

Out patient referrals, other than eating disorders, are screened at both intake and the first assessment.

Children, youth, and their families may be accepted into ongoing services or redirected to alternative agencies.

Accepted patients will be offered a diagnostic assessment and recommendations will be provided to the family. This may include treatments offered through our program or services available in the community. Our program provides mostly group- based interventions. Individual therapy is only offered if clinically indicated.

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


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.


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.


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


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

Parents for Children's Mental Health