What We Do
The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre builds on the collective history of two extraordinary children’s mental health centres – the C.M. Hincks Treatment Centre, whose origins date back to the early 1950’s and the Dellcrest Children’s Centre, which opened in 1960. In 1998, the two centres amalgamated to form The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, a leading edge, non-profit children’s mental health centre offering a comprehensive range of innovative mental health services for infants, children, youth and their families.
In February 2017, The Centre announced the beginning of another new chapter in its 65-year history -- its integration with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). This integration will enable a more efficient, effective and coordinated approach to mental health services for children and youth, one that bridges care in hospital and in the community.
A Shared Vision
The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre and SickKids share a vision to create a truly comprehensive academic child and youth mental health program offering a continuum of integrated, inter-disciplinary and evidence-based mental health treatment and support for children, youth and families.
Operating under a shared governance and leadership structure, the two organizations aim to help streamline access to the children’s mental health system, providing children and families in need of mental health care with a clear point of entry into care, defined care pathways, and seamless transitions within and between hospital and community-based services. The newly integrated mental health service will focus on improving quality of care and outcomes for children and youth with complex mental health needs.
Over the next 18-24 months the two organizations will work together to more fully define what the new coordinated children’s mental health program will look like and to determine all of the mental health services it will comprise. While there will be no immediate changes in the services offered by either organization, over time services will evolve.
Now operating in partnership with SickKids, The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre promotes the social, emotional, behavioural and physical well-being of close to 6,000 infants, children, youth, and families a year through a variety of prevention and early intervention programs, outpatient, day, and in home treatment services, as well as residential treatment programs.
Treatment is tailored to each child’s needs and may involve medical health experts, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, child and youth workers, and early childhood educators. Prevention and early intervention programs are offered in a number of different Toronto neighbourhoods.
We Train and Educate
As a community affiliate of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine (Department of Psychiatry) and Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, the Centre has a long tradition of preparing the next generation of mental health professionals for careers in child and youth work, nursing, psychiatry, psychology, social work, and early childhood education.
Our educational affiliate, The Gail Appel Institute, is dedicated to helping develop the body of knowledge in the field of child, youth, and family mental health. We provide clinical training and ongoing professional development for more than 3,000 mental health practitioners and human services providers and managers each year, preparing them to become expert community practitioners and future leaders.
The activities of the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre’s Gail Appel Institute will, over time, be integrated with the SickKids Learning Institute to further strengthen learning opportunities across both organizations, and to support education and build provincial capacity to deliver evidence-based mental health care across Ontario.
We Research and Evaluate
Hincks-Dellcrest Centre researchers regularly examine the causes of children’s social and emotional problems, while continuously improving services by testing and evaluating new treatment methods. We are committed to building the knowledge base in the field of children’s mental health, and are careful to ensure that Hincks-Dellcrest Centre services are consistent with what has been demonstrated to be successful.
With the integration of The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre and SickKids, HDC researchers will have new opportunities for collaboration with researchers at the SickKids Research Institute, broadening the scope of current child and youth mental health research.
We Raise Awareness
The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre raises public awareness of the prevalence and importance of children’s mental health issues. One in five Ontarians under the age of 17 experiences a mental health disorder and while the number of children and youth seeking help is growing, complexity is also increasing and many do not get the help they need.
We believe that seeking help to prevent or overcome mental health challenges is a sign of health and strength, and that the stigma associated with mental illness must come to an end.