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Community-Based Child and Youth Mental Health Program Guidelines and Requirements

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) provides clear direction to lead agencies and other child and youth mental health service providers of core services through a suite of Program Guidelines and Requirements (PGR). These build off the draft Service Framework released to the child and youth mental health sector in September 2013.

PGRs will be of interest to:

  • Lead agencies and other child and youth mental health service providers of core services
  • Children, youth, parents and families across Ontario
  • Broader sector partners (education, health and other cross-sectoral partners)

PGRs will support the child and youth mental health sector to collectively build a coherent service system that helps make it easier for children, youth and their families to find the support they need.

PGRs for child and youth mental health service providers are being developed to:

  • Provide clear direction to lead agencies and other child and youth mental health service providers of core services.
  • Describe the responsibilities of lead agencies and other child and youth mental health service providers of core services.

PGRs articulate expectations at maturity. As such, the ministry recognizes that it will take time to fully address the ministry’s expectations.

Program Guidelines and Requirements for Child and Youth Mental Health
Program Guidelines and Requirements (PGR) Brief Description Effective Date
PGR #01: Core Services and Key Processes (English, French) Minimum expectations of, and definitions for, child and youth mental health core services and key processes July 1, 2015
PGR #02: Core Services Delivery Plan Provide direction for the development of Core Services Delivery Plan In development
PGR #03: Community Mental Health Plan Provide direction for the development of the Community Mental Health Plan In development

To find out more about PGR #01: Core Services and Key Processes watch the presentation below. If you have any difficulties accessing the presentation, please email us at movingonmentalhealth@ontario.ca.

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Frequently asked questions about Program Guidelines and Requirements:

  1. What are Program Guidelines and Requirements?

    Program Guidelines and Requirements, or PGRs, are a consistent mechanism to provide clear direction to child and youth mental health service providers. PGRs describe the roles and responsibilities of service providers, including lead agencies, and articulate expectations that will be implemented over time as lead agencies assume their roles and responsibilities.
     
  2. How are Program Guidelines and Requirements developed?

    PGRs are developed by MCYS based on best and emerging practices, literature reviews, jurisdictional scans, as well as discussions with lead agencies and other sector leaders, experts, and partner ministries (Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care).

    The ministry will continue to work with the sector, partner ministries and experts to identify possible future topics for Program Guidelines and Requirements. Suggestions and feedback can also be submitted to movingonmentalhealth@ontario.ca.
     
  3. How was PGR #01: Core Services and Key Processes developed?

    In September 2013, the ministry released a draft Service Framework as a key part of its Moving On Mental Health plan. The framework included a number of key elements and was based on:
    • Best and emerging practices
    • Reviews of other jurisdictions
    • The Canadian Centre for Accreditation's pilot standards: Accreditation for Child and Youth Mental Health Organizations and
    • Discussions with sector leaders, experts, partner ministries and ministry staff.

    The ministry consulted broadly to get feedback on the draft Service Framework. PGR #01: Core Services and Key Processes provides direction to child and youth mental health service providers regarding minimum expectations of, and definitions for, child and youth mental health core services and key processes. Core services may not be available in every service area immediately – the expectation is that they will be made available over time as lead agencies assume their roles and responsibilities.
     
  4. Do PGRs replace the draft Service Framework?

    The draft Service Framework is an important document that continues to evolve through the development of PGRs. PGR #01: Core Services and Key Processes replaces the core services, key processes and associated minimum expectations set out in the draft Service Framework. Other components of the draft Service Framework (e.g., planning and pathways) will be released through future PGRs and other supports.

  5. Learn more about Moving on Mental Health.