As of November 1, 2023, all referrals for local child/youth mental health must be made by connecting with Pathstone Mental Health.
Information and referrals for other publicly funded children's service needs (e.g. developmental, and autism services) can be accessed by connecting with Contact Niagara 905-684-3407, the central information and access point. Primary care, parents/guardians and self-referrals are all accepted and are to be sent to Contact Niagara fax: 905-684-2728 or contact-niagara.emhware.ca.
The Child and Adolescent Outpatient Mental Health services at Niagara Health provide short-term counselling support for children and youth (from age 10 up to their 18th birthday) experiencing mental health concerns and who are not in crisis or imminent risk.
Services focus on issues such as suicidal ideation, self-harm, anxiety and depression and where there may be an impact in day-to-day functioning. A variety of treatment modalities is utilized, according to the individual and their particular needs. Services are available in three locations across the Niagara Region at our Niagara Falls, Welland and St. Catharines sites.
This is a one-time consultation for children and youth from age 5 up to their 18th birthday, specializing in diagnostic clarification and pharmacological treatment with the understanding that the referring primary care provider is responsible for the implementation of recommendations.
The psychiatric consultation requires a primary care referral and is NOT an ongoing counselling/therapy program. On-site services are available at the St. Catharines Site and via videoconference at the Niagara Falls and Welland sites. You can access the referral form here.