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Organization: SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health - Blue Mountains - Farm Program  
Phone Numbers: 519-599-3020
Toll-Free: Intake toll free 1-855-944-4673 ext 8708
Fax: 519-599-3021
PO Box 339
Clarksburg, ON
N0H 1J0
Street Address:
Blue Mountains  
Accessibility: Partially Accessible    Partially Accessible
Accessibility Notes: Via front entrance
Hours: Office: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Executives: Patricia Chehowy - Program Manager
855-944-4673 ext 4500 *
Public Contacts: Catherine Roskrow - Administrative Assistant
519-599-3020 ext 4507
Service Description: The Farm Residential Program is a family-based program, located on a 100-acre property about 180 kilometers northwest of Toronto, near Collingwood, Ontario. It provides voluntary residential treatment to sixteen adolescents (male/female/gender variant), aged 12 to 17. Youth in this program are engaged in a variety of therapeutic activities that are designed to immerse them in the natural environment. Clients also attend the on-site school, which is run in partnership with the Bluewater District School Board (BDSB). Clients return home for weekends, every two-weeks and the program has capacity to support family visits and therapeutic work onsite with accommodations available for family members.
How the program can help:
  • The primary focus is to facilitate the individual needs of each youth in order to develop DBT-informed coping skills and promote growth, self-esteem and strengthen academic, emotional, and interpersonal skills.
  • Youth have home visits every second weekend and the program has capacity to support family visits and therapeutic work onsite with accommodations available for family members.
  • The program uses a multi-disciplinary DBT-informed approach when providing therapeutic care (milieu, family therapy, group, individual, recreational, educational, social skills, unique cultural celebrations) to facilitate an individualized and normalized understanding and response to treatment issues.
  • The treatment teams are multi-disciplinary, composed of child and youth workers, social workers, nursing staff, teachers, staff psychiatrists and trainees of several disciplines, and provide family, group and individual therapy, and referral for external specialized consultation.
  • Clients of the Farm Residential Program attend a therapeutic section 23 school program, operated in collaboration with the Bluewater District School Board and located onsite of the Farm Residential Program.
    Treatment team includes program manager, program supervisor, psychiatrist, family therapist, nurse, child and youth care practitioners, and administrative assistant.

Fees: None
Application: .Clients must be referred through Centralized Access to Residential Services (CARS) and have their service provider submit the referral. Local youth eligible with Ministry approval. Call for intake assessment
Eligibility / Target Population: Adolescents who require a more intensive service than can be provided on an out-patient basis.
The youth must be medically stable and not in immediate crisis.
Adolescent and family/guardian commitment to engagement with treatment required (no youth only referrals) and have a stable living situation
Languages: English
Area Served:
Central Ontario ; Southwestern Ontario  
See Also: Housing and Residential Care for People with Mental Illness
Mental Health for Children and Youth

This information was last completely updated on January 17, 2019

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