The  onset of most mental illnesses occur during adolescence and can interfere with the development of independent living skills and interpersonal relationships. It can also affect a youth’s family life, and educational, recreational and work-related activities. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment of mental illness is essential in building a solid foundation for a bright future. Ontario Shores works together with patients to help them learn how to manage their illness and develop tools to successfully return to the community at an optimal level of well-being. All services are provided in a caring and supportive environment that fosters independence, confidence and self-esteem.

Adolescent Inpatient Services

Adolescent Inpatient Services Unit  For ages 12-18.
The  Adolescent Inpatient Unit provides a 75-day program including assessment, stabilization, with individual and/or group treatments for youth aged 12-18 requiring hospitalization, with a goal of symptom management, improved function and reintegration into the community.  Patients can be referred through Durham Central Intake at 1.888.454.6275. 

Eating Disorders Unit For ages 12-17.
12-bed inpatient unit for youth aged 12-17 struggling with an eating disorder.  Care is focusses on recovery and rehabilitation and provides post-discharge support and planning for transition home. Average length of stay is 105 days.
Patients can be referred through Ontario Shores Central Intake.

Adolescent Outpatient Services

Outpatients can be referred through Durham Central Intake at 1.888.454.6275 or through Ontario Shores Central Intake.

Adolescent Outpatient Services For ages 12-15.
Provides 12-15 weeks of outpatient assessment and treatment for young people for mood and anxiety syndromes.

Adolescent Day Treatment For ages 14-18.
Provides mental health and education support within a local highschool to assist adolescents 14-18 years of age with transition into a community setting.

Prompt Care Clinic For ages 16+
Located within the Whitby Shores SmartCentres Plaza this clinic serves individuals who require prompt psychiatric care but do not need to visit a hospital emergency room and are able to wait up to three working days for an appointment.

Transitional Aged Youth Services For ages 16 to 24.
For individuals that have prominent symptoms of mood, anxiety, trauma or borderline personality disorder, and who are agreeable to attending individual or group therapy with a clinician every 1-2 weeks.

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