Responding to an increased demand for services that do not require youth to be absent from the home, we are very excited to announce the launch of our new In-Home Intensive Program. Facilitated by Toronto’s Lead Agency for Infant, Children and Youth Mental Health (East Metro Youth Services) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and in partnership with The George Hull Centre for Children and Families and SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, Turning Point will soon be adding a new service delivery model to our existing services. The In-Home Intensive Program is for youth ages 12 to 17 who have mental health concerns and difficulties functioning at home and in the community. By providing therapy and supports in the home, the program aims to preserve and strengthen family cohesion and enhance the family’s ability to manage their challenges. Our Counsellors will be teaming up with an In-Home Support Worker to help youth and family members develop the skills they need to live together.
Turning Point Youth Services is launching a one year pilot project at the Ontario Court of Justice at 311 Jarvis. The project offers each young person with a criminal justice matter at 311 Jarvis the opportunity to take part in a short screening that will help identify youth’s needs in areas including mental health, substance abuse and other factors that may contribute to involvement in the justice system. Based on the results of the screening, young persons are referred to a service provider at court that is best suited to help them address their needs. TPYS thanks the Law Foundation of Ontario, the project’s principal funder, as well as contributing funders University of Toronto Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The project is also supported by the in-kind contributions of many different organizations operating at 311 Jarvis.
We are pleased to announce the opening of our new recording studio. The studio provides an opportunity for young people to learn new skills, take advantage of some pretty cool equipment, and ultimately to record their own creations. Come on down and learn to rap, make beats, record a song or learn a new instrument.
Thanks to our partner, Regent Park School of Music, for their assistance in supporting the arts!