TPYS offers a supportive residential program for youth ages 12 to 17 who live with mental health or substance abuse issues. For some youth these challenges can make it difficult to live with their family, and getting care at one of our homes is an effective alternative.
TPYS has two residences, which look just like private homes. Each home is staffed by trained youth workers and professional counsellors trained in social work or related fields such as clinical psychology. A consulting psychologist or psychiatrist may also be involved as part of the multi-disciplinary service team.
Some youth stay a few months, while some stay for a few years. There is no set time for how long a client can stay in residential treatment. Goals are created when the client moves in, so their length of stay depends on their progress toward their goals. Youth are involved in all aspects of life in the residences, including grocery shopping, menu preparation, cooking, cleaning, and choosing community activities and in-house programming.
To ensure clients stay on track with their education, we partner with the TDSB and provide an educational assessment and plan for clients who need to complete their schooling. When appropriate, we also provide employment services and training, life skills training (such as financial and household management), health and mental health services and counselling, and legal services. For those transitioning towards independence, our transitional housing program may be an option, but we can also help them navigate the adult services available to them.
TYPS’ residences include:
- The Clifton Program is a 6 bed non-gender specific home located in the Victoria Park and St. Clair area.
- We also have an 8 bed home near Pape and Danforth. The Withrow Residence serves young women.
- Emergency Shelter is available in a 35-bed dormitory like setting at our 95 Wellesley Street East location.
- Our Redwood Program at Greenwood and Gerrard supports males aged 16-24 who need housing support as they transition towards living more independently. The primary focus of the program is to help clients gain the skills they need to be successful either on their own or wherever they may live next. Clients are expected to be full-time students or engaged in full-time employment, a training program, or some combination of these, and are expected to pay a contribution toward their living expenses. Click for more information on the Redwood Program.
Our residences are accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA), and licensed by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.