Residential Mental Health Treatment Programs

Chimo Youth & Family Services offers two Residential Mental Health Treatment Programs located just outside of Kinmount in Minden Hills Ontario that are fully licensed annually by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. .  The residential programs each serve 8 youth, one for male youth and one for female youth from the ages of 12-18.  Youth referred are from the following regions:  City of Kawartha Lakes, Durham, Peterborough, Haliburton and Northumberland counties.

Our programs are designed to meet the needs of youth who require mental health services beyond what has been attempted within their community’s resources.  Youth that are admitted into residential treatment often struggle with emotional difficulties, self-management, anger issues, behavioural challenges in conjunction to mental health disorders such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders and Personality disorders just to name a few.  Residential staff use a relationship based approach to teaching appropriate social skills, self-manage skills, effective problem solving skills, relationship skills, as well as help build self-worth, self-esteem and self-efficacy.  The program offers a safe and secure way to learn valuable life skills such as daily living tasks and personal care.  Residents are also involved in an integrated treatment approach that includes Individual and family counseling/therapy and group counseling that may include programming such as Art or Drama groups, Friends for Life and High on Life programs.  Mental Health treatment while in the program is evaluated by our multidisciplinary team which includes our consulting psychiatrist and psychologist.  They have access to psychiatric evaluation, psycho-educational and personality testing when required. 

The average length of stay in the Residential Mental Health Treatment Program is approximately 12 to 18 months where clients are provided 24hour care.  The first 3 to 6 months of a youth’s stay in the program is seen as an assessment period in which each youth is evaluated to ensure that their needs can be met by the program. 

While in the program residents are provided with schooling through the Trillium Lakelands District School Board and attend a class on site which provides regular curriculum courses. 

Family and caregivers are an extremely important aspect to the success of a youth’s treatment.  When a referral to this intense level of treatment is made it is recognized that a family is in need of treatment as much as the individual youth.  A full commitment from parents and caregivers to participate in all aspect of the program including family counseling/therapy is a must. 

To access Residential Services if you live in Durham Region, please call central intake at 1-888-454-6275.  For all other areas, please contact us at the main office 705-324-3300 and press 2 to make a referral for residential services.

Photos from the Sprucehill & Balsam Lane

The following is a link to the Sprucehill Adventure School site. The website is maintained by Mr Myers, the teacher of the section 23 classroom at Sprucehill.