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Anyone can refer a child/youth to Contact Hamilton for services and supports if they have appropriate consent to do so.
You, or someone on your behalf, may refer you to Contact Hamilton when there is a worry about mental health and/or developmental needs, FASD and/or Complex Needs.
Families and Youth can self-refer to Contact Hamilton by
Professionals can refer to Contact Hamilton in many ways, depending on the need:
Your call/referral is important to us!
When you call, email or fax us we will try and respond to you right away to:
Our team reviews every referral within 1 business day. In most cases, there will be a wait before a member of the team calls you to discuss your unique situation. At the time of your first call, we will send you information about resources that you can access immediately. When we call you back, we will give you the time you need to talk with us and for us to plan the next steps and referrals with you.
At the time of the call, we will speak with the youth/guardian about the available services and supports that are the best match for the youth.
The youth over 16 or the guardian will decide what services and supports they wish to explore.
Contact Hamilton will only share information with outside services where consent is provided.
A copy of the recommendations and referrals you agree to will be sent to you. With consent, we will also share these with other people you wish us to, such as your family doctor.
School boards offer supports to students who might be struggling in school with mental health and/or developmental disabilities. Many professionals provide support services, either directly or indirectly to students including classroom teachers, special education teachers, educational assistants, school administrators, special education consultants, special assignment teachers, speech and language consultants, psycho-educational consultants and social workers.
If you are concerned about a student’s wellbeing, a good starting point is talking with the student’s school principal or teacher. The links below provide an overview of the services provided by the school boards.
Last Revised August 7th, 2020