In the midst of this desperate scramble to keep Ontario’s hospitals functioning and saving lives, the premier is about to close a program that provides specialized mental health treatment for kids in the youth justice system.
Join us! Tell the premier not to close the Kinark Child and Family Services Program at Syl Apps Youth Centre!
The Kinark Child and Family Services Program is set to close on April 30. The program provides specialized mental health treatment serving primarily Black, Indigenous and racialized kids in the youth justice system. The program serves kids dealing with suicidality and severe emotional and psychological challenges.
The immediate impact of closing this program is an increased risk of suicides and hospitalization – at a time when pressure on hospitals must be reduced and the province’s mental health resources are stretched. In the long term, the kids that survive often end up in adult corrections with more complex adult mental health and addiction issues.
RNAO is joining with Children’s Mental Health Ontario and experts and advocates for children’s mental health from across the province, in calling on the premier to reverse his decision and keep this program open.
Join us! Tell the premier to not give up on these kids! Keep open the Kinark Child and Family Services Program at Syl Apps Youth Centre.
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