About Us

Transforming the lives of Ontario’s most vulnerable youth since 1973!

Our story began in 1973, when Dr. C.A. Roberts and Mr. R.S. Smart, joined forces and founded the Ottawa Carleton Regional Residential Treatment Centre for the Ottawa Health Region.

The Centre quickly expanded and now operates:

  • A Secure Treatment Facility
  • Two Open Live-In Treatment programs in a home setting
  • School-based Mental Health and Day Treatment programs in schools across Eastern Ontario
  • The Roberts/Smart Academy, a fully accredited private school
  • CORATH (an anti-human trafficking initiative)
  • Therapeutic Camping and Outdoor Treatment
  • A Community Reintegration program
  • Programs for families

Renamed the Roberts/Smart Centre in 1997, we continue to provide treatment to youth from across Ontario dealing with complex mental health and behavioural challenges in a welcoming, supportive, and safe environment.

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A little bit about the Roberts/Smart Centre

We have provided youth mental health treatment for almost 50 years.

We are a tertiary provider and provincial leader of mental health services.


We are a designated provider under the French Language Services Act.

We serve the most critical youth with severe mental health and behavioural needs from across the province of Ontario.

We are accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation.

We are a registered charity.

Our Vision

We envision a future in which youth with complex mental health and behavioural challenges receive innovative, highest quality, progressive and supportive treatment—when they need it and in the way they need it—to help them heal, learn, grow and live their full potential.

Our Values


Individualized opportunity for youth

Respect and collaboration

Commitment to service excellence

Cultural safety and sensitivity, inclusivity, and diversity

Excellence in governance

Our Team

Our multi-disciplinary team includes psychiatrists, occupational therapists, clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, and child and youth counsellors who have special training in trauma-informed, client-centered, therapeutic crisis Intervention, and collaborative problem-solving.


Our team is led by an Executive Director, Catherine Van Vliet, and a Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

  • Simon Brazier, President
  • Dean Tester, Vice President
  • Ed Miner, Director
  • Louisa Battistelli, Secretary
  • Woody Aspilaire, Director
  • Peter Lamont, Director
  • Sandra West, Director
  • Kristen Rudderham, Director
  • Sabeen Awan, Treasurer
  • Jennifer Radley, Director
  • Nadine Trépanier-Bison, Director
  • François D’Aoust, Director
  • David Dalphy, Director