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2017-09-19

Family fun and festive treats highlight of event

Kids, staff and parents had a blast at Blue Hills’ Family Fun Event on September 16. Under beautiful...

2017-09-15

Interim Executive Director Announcement

2017-04-19

Children's Mental Health Week 2017

  CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2017 Children's Mental Health Week is Taking Place May 1-7, 2017. Ma...

COMPASS - Community Partners with Schools

COMPASS (Community Partners with Schools) is both a process and multi-organizational structure that aims to complement, enrich and intensify mental health services to young people and their families.

COMPASS represents a joint effort on the part of schools and community-based mental health agencies to identify and offer support to young people and their families at school and where relevant, in other settings, including the home. As a process, COMPASS seeks to provide meaningful and impactful interventions and services while at the same time impacting the way systems respond to the needs of young people and their families. The process includes clinical, relational and navigational components designed to improve the capacity of young people and their families to manage their challenges while also enhancing the service system’s capacity to respond creatively to the needs of young people and their families in a timely manner and a personalized format.

As an organizational structure, COMPASS is built on the principles of collaborative partnership amongst education and mental health focused organizations. COMPASS manages the work of clinical staff who are based in school settings and work as members of school-based intervention teams, but who are employed by partner agencies within the community. Both the process and the organizational structure of COMPASS are closely aligned to other school-based mental health services offered by community-based agencies in York Region in partnership with the Boards of Education.

COMPASS promotes knowledge transfer and the on-going integration of practice approaches between the education and the children’s mental health sectors. As such, COMPASS seeks to generate transformative initiatives that challenge both sectors to integrate the accumulated experiences, knowledge, research and values of either sector into a mutually designed path of individual, organizational and systemic learning.

The current hosting partners include; Blue Hills Child and Family Centre, Kinark Child and Family Services, The York Centre for Children, Youth and FamiliesFamily Services of York Region, York Catholic District School Board, York Region District School Board

Affiliated partners include; Southlake Regional Centre, Jewish Family and Child Services, York Children's Aid Society    

      

 
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