The Department of Psychiatry at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) provides interdisciplinary, family-centred care for infants, children and adolescents with mental illness. As part of an academic health sciences centre, we integrate research, teaching, patient care and advocacy to advance knowledge about mental illness and promote evidence-based practice in supporting children’s mental health.
The Department of Psychiatry’s outpatient, day hospital and inpatient programs see more than 10,000 patients each year. Clinical Services offered at SickKids include ambulatory services through a comprehensive assessment clinic and subspecialty clinics; emergency and acute care; the Tele-link Mental Health Program; and a medical psychiatry consultation service.
We have recently redesigned our clinical service delivery model, with the goal of improving service, significantly reducing wait times and introducing new ways to provide highly specialized care to our most complex patients. The first phase of the redesign is the creation of the Mental Health Access Program (MHAP). MHAP will triage referrals to all Psychiatry services.