Mental Health & Addiction Services: Child & Youth Services
BUSINESS NAME:Mental Health & Addiction Services: Child & Youth Services
1680 Albert Street
DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS/SERVICES:
Child and Youth Services is a part of Mental Health and Addictions Services, which includes:
Child and Youth Services provides programs that address the unique mental health needs of children and youth, including their families. These programs consider the characteristics of the family and the community in which they live when working with each individual young person. Services are provided by psychiatrists, mental health therapists, social workers, speech and language pathologists, developmental pediatrician, occupational therapist, nurses, psychologists and aboriginal elders.
Children’s Services Program
This program provides family centered mental health services to children up to the age of 11 years. Services include assessment, treatment, and clinical case management for a range of emotional, developmental, and behavioral disorders. Children and families will be linked with other agencies as needed. A team of mental health and addictions professionals provides support and training to the staff of the Kids First Regina programs. Kids First is a program that provides support to vulnerable expectant and new mothers in targeted high needs communities by enhancing parent knowledge, providing support, and building on family strengths.
Youth Services Program
This program provides mental health assessments, treatment, and clinical case management for youth 11 to 18 years of age. Parents or guardians are an essential part of the treatment team. The staff delivers parenting programs and offers groups designed to assist youth in developing specific personal skills. They also provide consultation to a number of other agencies as well as public presentations on the mental health needs of adolescents.
Young Offender Service Program
This program targets the mental health needs of youth charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Young persons involved in the youth justice system may be referred at any time during the course of appearing in Youth Court, or after being sentenced. Services are offered by a multi-disciplinary team and may include individual, group, and family treatment. Staff work closely with community youth workers and young offender facility staff in order for treatment to be the most effective and to help these youth reintegrate back into the community.
Early Psychosis Intervention Program (EPI)
This program provides early treatment to adolescents and young adults up to age 30 who may be experiencing psychosis. A primary goal of the EPI program is to provide intense services to people experiencing certain symptoms, which may be the beginning of a psychotic illness, and to those who have had their first episode of psychosis. With earlier identification and assertive care, the EPI aims to improve the mental health and quality of life of these individuals.
Cognitive Disabilities Program
This program is a multi-disciplinary team that provides assessment and diagnosis for clients between the ages of six and 24 who are from the five southern health regions in Saskatchewan. These individuals are suspected of having Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD). The team completes special assessments that provide a pediatrician with the information needed to make a diagnosis of FASD, or a diagnosis of other complex disorders, such as Autism, for which no services currently exist. The team provides suggestions for treatments, adaptations, planning for care in the long term, and helpful hints for caregivers.
Adolescent Psychiatry Unit
This is a 10 bed unit at the Regina General Hospital. Psychiatrists can admit youth ages 11 to 18 for crisis stabilization, assessment, and treatment. The team includes nurses, a child life worker, and a psychologist, with access to social workers and dietitians. A teacher from the Regina Public Schools work with youth in a classroom near the unit. The Adolescent Psychiatry Unit works closely with Child and Youth Services to provide a smooth transition from inpatient to outpatient services.
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program
These services focus on community based suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention programming that extends beyond an urban child and youth mandate to include adult and rural populations. This service supports actions designed to reduce the incidence of suicidal behaviours with strategies that include:
Our psychiatrists are specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry. The child psychiatrists at the clinic provide direct clinical treatment, consultation, assessment, and follow up for children and youth, up to age 18. They work closely with family physicians, schools, and other community agencies providing consultations and recommendations. They manage the care of youth admitted to the Adolescent Psychiatry Unit at the Regina General Hospital.
Consultation with Child and Youth psychologists and psychiatrists is available to the five southern health regions in Saskatchewan. These services are available through office visits or Telehealth.
Randall Kinship Centre
This is a voluntary program. The Centre and its program were developed to meet the special needs of families that have children and youth with serious disruptive behaviour problems, including conduct disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder. Families, as a whole, are provided treatment and support. The services provided are designed to meet each child’s unique needs. An outreach approach is provided with the goal of addressing barriers to service. Staff plan with a variety of community members, professionals, and other agencies. This kind of coordinated approach is more likely to produce better, lasting results for children, youth, and their families. The services are provided in ways that are culturally affirming.
This Centre provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ADS). Services may include direct individual counseling, group programming, support through a contracted Interventionist, and/or general case management. An appointed Parent Advisory Committee has been established to provide advice regarding design and delivery of programs. The Centre provides Telehealth educational opportunities to southern health regions in Saskatchewan.
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