The Youth In-Patient and Youth Partial Hospitalization Unit are located on the grounds of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. This unit offers education services to youth who require comprehensive assessment, treatment or identification of needs, or who experience complex, prolonged or severe emotional or behavioural difficulties that interfere with their functioning at home, in school and in the community.
This program offers specialized mental health services to youth with early-onset major psychiatric disorders and/or complex psychiatric illnesses. A team of professionals with expertise in treating a wide range of mental illnesses with sensitivity to meet the unique needs of youth, work together to achieve the best results for the youth. The team consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, child and youth counsellors, occupational therapists, addiction counsellors as well as a McHugh special education teacher. The teacher collaborates with students, both inpatient and outpatient, to work toward obtaining their high school diploma.
The program component at The Royal has 12 beds and is focused primarily on youth from the ages of 16 to 18. However, there is flexibility in the age range and youth below the age of 16 may be served at The Royal, depending on their best clinical interests. Typically youth under 16 years of age receive their treatment at the CHEO.
Referrals to this program are made through other mechanisms that may include, Youth Justice, mental health, or for medical reasons.