The Roberts/Smart Centre is an accredited children’s mental health centre that delivers specialized treatment and clinical services to youth ages 12-17. Located in the Hampton Park area, the Centre is an integrated children’s mental health agency dedicated to the treatment of severely troubled, behaviourally and emotionally challenged children and adolescents with exceptional psychosocial needs.
The program is residential, with 8 beds in a secure facility. Youth are admitted to these beds by the court system and the length of stay is determined by Family Court. This program provides treatment specific to adolescents with mental health disorders who have demonstrated that they are a danger to themselves or others and that they require services in a highly secure facility. Admission to the intensive treatment program is prescribed by legislation (Child and Family Services Act (CFSA), R.S.O. 1990, Chapter C.11, section 114).
An M.F. McHugh teacher provides the educational component of the program in a dedicated classroom space. All students are given individual programming, as they work toward their high school diploma, and the teacher works collaboratively with a team of professional from Roberts/Smart Centre to ensure the success of the students. Academic courses are offered as well as learning strategies, life/social skills groups, physical education and art credits. The main focus is on social and emotional learning in a classroom setting. Students have access to a gym, a garden, kitchen and supervised, appropriate technology for their courses.
In addition to their regular academic programming, students are given opportunities throughout the year to work with a McHugh Itinerant Tech Teacher on a variety of projects to develop hands-on skill, and to create meaningful learning opportunities.
Referrals to this program are made through other mechanisms that may include, Youth Justice, mental health, or for medical reasons.