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Collaborative & Transitional Age Care Program

The Collaborative & Transitional Age Care Program strives to improve access for children, youth and families to the right level of care at the right time. In addition, we are committed to continually building capacity to support community physicians to improve early identification and treatment for children and youth with mental health problems.

We work closely with our Mental Health Access Program (MHAP). In cases deemed not appropriate for treatment at SickKids, our team will provide families and physicians with alternative service options and notify referring physicians and families/caregivers of triage decisions.

Services we offer:

  • Pre-referral consultation service: telephone consultations to referring physicians within one work day to help determine the need for a referral and to discuss other care options.
  • Communication with other health providers through electronic health records (eCHN) and encourage our health-care partners to contact us through the provincial secure electronic email system, ONE Mail.
  • Actively partner in the Toronto-based Child and Youth Acute Care Collaborative (CAYACC). This is a collaborative of community based hospitals and health science centers associated with the Division of Child and Youth Psychiatry, in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. The collaborative sponsors the local/provincial bed access system for children and adolescents in need of intensive mental health treatment.  
  • Continuing professional development opportunities for primary care physicians and clinicians. 
  • Medical education for early identification and initial evidence-based interventions for the most common mental health problems among children and adolescent: anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression.

The Collaborative & Transitional Age Care Program can be accessed by contacting the Mental Health Access Program (MHAP).

If you have immediate concerns about your child’s mental health please go to your closest emergency medical service.

Please see Immediate Mental Health Services for more information on services that can be called or accessed for urgent mental health concerns.