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Our Children and Youth Services Program offers three programs that can help children, youth, and families:
Contact Hamilton can help children, youth, and families find out about supports and resources that are available. We provide information, consultation, intake, and referral to services on behalf of children and youth that may be presenting with mental health, developmental, FASD, autism, and/or complex needs.
Every child, youth, and their family is unique, and we can help by recommending the type of service that best suits your unique needs.
You may be connected with an Intake and Referral Consultant, an FASD worker, or a Coordinated Service Planner on our team that can help you navigate services.
Coordinated Service Planning
Our coordinated Service Planning program assists children and youth with complex needs, and their families, manage and coordinate their multiple services.
A Coordinated Service Planner will help you develop a plan that helps service providers understand your goals for your child, youth and family.
Our FASD worker program provides support to children, youth, and families living with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) by:
Our FASD worker works closely and is a member of the Hamilton FASD Collaborative. The Hamilton FASD Collaborative offers the following services: case conferences, in service education for professionals, training/education, and caregiver support. The FASD Worker can refer families to these services.
Service Types in Hamilton
Below you will find some general information about the types of child and youth services in Hamilton.
The children and youth services system in Hamilton provides support to children and youth (from birth to their 18th birthday), and their families, who are presenting with mental health, developmental, autism, and/or FASD concerns.
Services for children and youth with mental health needs are referred to as “child and youth mental health services.”
Services for children and youth with developmental concerns are referred to as “child and youth developmental services.”
Some children and youth require services from both the child and youth mental health services and child and youth developmental services because they have needs in both areas (often called “dual diagnosis”).
Here is a summary of the types of child and youth mental health services available in Hamilton. These services are provided by various agencies.
If you are interested in learning more about children’s services or you want to look for services, please contact us at 905-570-8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A physician’s referral is not required for you to contact us. For a full description of what Contact Hamilton does and what you can expect when you call Contact Hamilton, please click here.
If you are interested in learning more about children’s services or you want to look for services, please click here for contact information. A physician’s referral is not required for you to call us. For a full description of what Contact Hamilton does and what you can expect when you call Contact Hamilton, please [click here].
Here is a summary of the types of child and youth developmental services available in Hamilton. These services are provided by various local agencies.
If you are interested in learning more about children’s services or you want to look for services, please contact us at 905-570-8888 or email@example.com. A physician’s referral is not required for you to call us. For a full description of what Contact Hamilton does and what you can expect when you call Contact Hamilton, please click here.
Transition planning is a process that helps youth with a developmental disability, aged 14 – 18 years, and their families, develop a planned and coordinated transition from childhood to adulthood. It is a dynamic and ongoing process; plans change as the youth and their circumstances change.
The main goal of transition planning is to support the young person in ways that help them live in the community, maintaining and strengthening the young person’s connections with parents, siblings and relatives, foster families and any other individuals who are important to the person. It also helps to strengthen connections with their community, culture, and religion.
Youth and their family are involved in the planning process and, as much as possible, decisions about care and services are driven by the youth’s needs, preferences, interests and strengths. Transition Planning includes the involvement of people who are important to the young person, as determined by the young person.
For more information about Transition Planning, please click here.
Please Note: youth with developmental disabilities who are 16+ are encouraged to consider a referral to Developmental Services Ontario Hamilton Niagara Region (DSO HNR) if the youth is interested in seeking adult developmental services at age 18. Contact Hamilton’s Children and Youth Services Program can help you make a referral to the DSO HNR. After a referral is made, the first step, will be for the DSO HNR to confirm the youth’s eligibility for adult developmental services. You will be asked to provide a psychological assessment to help with the eligibility confirmation process. If the youth is confirmed eligible, the DSO HNR can then help the youth and family apply for adult developmental services, including Passport funding, for when the youth turns 18. For information about this process, please call us and we will explain what is involved.
The Ontario Autism Program offers support to all eligible families of children with autism. You can purchase the services and supports that are most important to you and your child. For information about how to register for the Ontario Autism Program, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/autism-ontario
The Community Education Service helps connect parents to high-quality information and courses about common childhood problems. Through this website the reader can access course flyers, search the web database of courses and workshops and review booklists on various childhood problems.
For information, please visit: https://www.mchcommunityed.ca/