Day Treatment

Mental health treatment and education at school and in a small classroom setting.

Individualized and youth-driven, Day Treatment provides youth facing severe mental health and behavioural challenges an opportunity to pursue their education while receiving treatment and support in a specialized classroom setting.

As programs support the academic needs of each youth, they also address their mental health challenges with a treatment plan, therapeutic interventions, and individualized goals.

English-language Day Treatment programs are offered in partnership with the M.F. McHugh Education Centre, the programs are delivered through the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) to students grades 7 to 12.  

 The French-language Day Treatment program is offered in partnership with the Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique de l’Est Ontarien (CSDCEO), in the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet and serving the United Counties of Prescott and Russell


Three programs with a capacity of 8 students per classroom. 

Schooling and Treatment

An environment that meets the academic needs of youth and supports their treatment plan. 

Clinician Led TEAM

Supported by multidisciplinary team including clinicians, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers registered with the Ontario College of Teachers and child and youth counsellors.

Offered in English and French

The English Day Treatment programs are available in the City of Ottawa and the French program is in the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet and serving the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.

School Reintegration

Reintegration into the regular school system is a goal, sometimes with the help of further specialized education and treatment support.

“A very special mental health treatment program for youth and a model to be copied across the province.”

– MPP from Glengarry-Prescott-Russel, Stéphane Sarrazin


On December 2, a celebration was held in honour of l’Annexe’s 25th anniversary. The French language Day Treatment program, located in Plantagenet, Ontario, is a collaboration between the Roberts/Smart Centre and le Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO).

The program is a unique response to the urgent need for an innovative solution for high school students facing suspension and who exhibit externalizing behaviours. Their aim is to provide teens experiencing severe mental health and behavioural issues an opportunity to pursue high school credits in a specialized classroom.

In honour of the event, the MPP from Glengarry-Prescott-Russel, Stéphane Sarrazin, sent a special video message featuring surprise guest, the Hon. Michael Tibollo, Deputy Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. In the video M. Sarrazin calls l’Annexe “a very special mental health treatment program for youth and a model to be copied across the province.”


Program admission is decided upon by the Coordinated Referral Committees located in the corresponding region.

For inquiries about the Day Treatment Program, contact our Intake team or speak to your school.

Our Treatment Philosophy

Our approach to mental health treatment is strengths-based, trauma-informed, and person-centered. We help youth to recover and heal through treatment, education, and life-skills development.

The Roberts/Smart Academy

The Roberts/Smart Academy (operating as Debbie Campbell Learning Academy) is open to youth aged 12-18, who come from Ottawa or elsewhere in the province, with mental health and behavioural needs that exceed what a traditional school setting could provide.

School-Based Mental Health Programs

The Centre provides mental health services in local high schools for youth whose behavioural and mental health challenges have led to referrals to our RSC school-based counsellors.