Children's Centre Thunder Bay

Site: Thunder Bay

Service: School Services

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Description & Services
Public Comments The program is offered within a community school and on a modified day, with transportation arranged by the referring Board of Education
Description (Service) School-Based Services 
  • Provides intensive assessment and brief mental health counselling for children/youth who are experiencing severe social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties within a school environment 
  • Service is provided to students within the community's three school boards
 
Day Treatment Program  
  • Provides mental health intervention and a modified academic program for youth who are struggling to succeed in their present academic environment 
  • Offers intensive multi-disciplinary assessment, recommendations and treatment in collaboration with the referred child, family and referring school 
  • Addresses pertinent environmental factors for children experiencing serious behavioural difficulties within the school setting in order for children to be transitioned back into a regular school environment with improved student skills and strategies for school success  
  • Services are offered by a multidisciplinary team including Social Workers, Child and Youth Workers and Psychologists 
  • Additional services such as counselling or parenting programs may be offered or recommended, as required 
  • The length of the program is dependent on the individual needs of each child 
  • Offered in collaboration with the Lakehead Public School Board and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
Hours Office Mon 8:30 am-4:30 pm * Tue-Thu 8 am-6 pm * Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm 
Jul-Aug Mon-Thu 8:30 am-6 pm, Fri 8:30 am-12 noon 
Program Sep-Jun Mon-Fri 9 am-2:15 pm
Areas Served Thunder Bay
Eligibility School-Based Services 
Students in grades 1 through 8 who: 
  • Function at or above the borderline range of intelligence 
  • Are eligible to attend elementary school on a full-time basis within Thunder Bay in either the Lakehead Public Schools, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board or Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores borĂ©ales  
  • Are struggling with mental health issues and have moderate to severe level of social, emotional or behavioural problems that impact their ability to function within a regular school setting 
  • Have family or caregivers who are committed to participate in the family component of the program
 
Children are NOT eligible for services if there is documented evidence of a psychological or psychiatric profile that suggests that a different service is warranted, or the child:  
  • Is functioning under the borderline range of intelligence 
  • Has a primary exceptionality other than behavioural 
  • Has family who refuses to participate in the family component of the program 
  • Has needs beyond the resources of the program
 
Day Treatment Program 
  • Students in grades 2 through 5 whose academic success is hindered by social, emotional, and/or behavioural struggles, and 
  • Mental health assessment and treatment could be beneficial
Application
  • The referring school is required to complete the Children's Centre Thunder Bay Day Treatment referral form and attach specified academic documents 
  • The referral form can be obtained by calling Intake Services at 807-343-5000 and is also available to School Board staff 
  • The referral information must be shared with the parent/guardian and they must sign the form indicating that they are aware of the information and consent to the referral, and children over the age of 12 must also consent 
  • Completed referral packages are to be forwarded by the referring school to their respective Board's Special Education Officer/Coordinator, who will then facilitate the referral to the Day Treatment Program 
  • The family will be contacted once the referral package has been received
Languages English
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-343-5000
Toll Free Phone Access Network 1-855-486-5037
Fax 807-345-0444
Website www.childrenscentre.ca
Primary Contact David Villella, Program Manager; Phone: 807-343-5039; Email: dvillella@childrenscentre.ca
Located In Community Thunder Bay
Address 283 Lisgar St
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6G6
 
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Intersection Lisgar St and Water St
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Funding Regional / Municipal - Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) ; Provincial - Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) ; United Way - Thunder Bay