|We have provided youth mental health treatment for over 45 years.|
|We serve the most critical 2 to 5% of youth with severe mental health and behavioural needs from across the province of Ontario.|
|We are a tertiary provider and provincial leader of mental health services.|
|We are accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation.|
|We are a designated provider under the French Language Services Act.|
|We are a registered charity.|
Since 1973 the Roberts/Smart Centre has maintained its commitment to serving young people facing the most serious of mental health challenges. We have developed expertise in helping adolescents who have severe behavioural and mental health needs and for whom other interventions have failed.
Those who enter our programs are challenged with the most severe mental illnesses. Their depression, anger, aggression, trauma and/or addictions make them “high risk” – they have lost their way on the path to healing, learning, growing and living their full potential. The challenges are great but we have been unwavering in our commitment to this group of young people and their families.
Roberts/Smart Centre is a leader in the use of Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and has implemented the CPS model into the practices and interventions of all its programs.
CPS is an innovative approach to understanding and helping young people with behavioural, social and emotional challenges. Developed by Dr. Stuart Ablon from Massachusetts General Hospital, CPS is increasingly recognized as a best-practice model in a range of children and youth programming.
The foundation of the CPS model is a recognition that young people “do well if they can.” In other words, CPS is founded on an understanding that children and adolescents want to do well but in some cases, don’t know how to do so—they lack the skills to engage in healthy adaptive behaviour. Interventions and treatment based on CPS are aimed at giving young people the tools to fulfi ll their natural desire to succeed.
As part of the Ottawa CPS Community of Practice, Roberts/Smart Centre is working in collaboration with other children and youth agencies to provide a consistent treatment approach for children and families across sectors.
The Integrated Plan of Care is based on taking a team approach to a shared vision that supports the health, well-being and function of children and youth with complex needs and their families. It involves, clients, families and/or supporters, and service providers from different agencies, organizations and sectors collaborating together.
The Integrated Plan of Care process is about connecting the child or youth, their families and/or supporters, and cross-sectoral services providers as equal partners to create a coordinated care plan that is focused on the needs of the child, youth and their families.
“A system of care is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that are organized to meet the challenges of children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. Families and youth work in partnership with public and private organizations to design mental health services and supports that are effective, that build on strengths of individuals, and that address each person’s cultural and linguistic needs. A system of care helps children, youth, and families function better at home, in school, in the community and throughout life” – www.systemofcare.samhsa.gov
The Roberts/Smart Centre is dedicated to ensuring its approaches reflect the latest knowledge about effective treatment of high-needs youth. Knowledge is sought out from research bodies and other children’s mental health centres which are demonstrating excellence. The Centre collaborates with organizations that have developed innovative treatment models and provides continuous training to staff, both in-house and through other organizations with specific expertise. The Centre is committed to adapting to new information and to incorporate new and promising treatment approaches into programming, to achieve maximum benefit for clients.
The Centre is dedicated to cooperative planning and collaborative service relationships with community partners. This close partnership helps to achieve the highest quality standards, providing valuable feedback on ways in which services can be improved to meet community needs.
Working with its partners, the Centre can also ensure that quality support continues for clients when they leave the Centre and return to the community.