Lead Agency for Children's Mental Health

A system that makes sense for children and youth

Navigating the child and youth mental health (CYMH) system can be challenging and exhausting. Families often don’t know where to seek help, and when they do find help, they find themselves repeating their story many times before connecting with the right service or program. 

In 2012, the Ministry of Children & Youth Services (MCYS) decided that it was time for a change – it was time to make CYMH services in communities across Ontario more accessible, responsive and coordinated in order to better meet the needs of children, youth and families. That year MCYS launched Moving on Mental Health (MOMH), a strategy to strengthen community-based systems and transform the experiences of children, youth and families so that wherever they live in Ontario, they can access the same core mental health services and have clear pathways to care.  

MCYS introduced a Lead Agency model, whereby the Lead Agency would assume responsibility for the CYMH service system in their service area.  St. Clair Child & Youth Services (SCCYS) is pleased to have been appointed as 1 of 33 lead agencies in Ontario, with the local responsibility of the CYMH service delivery for Lambton County.  


To achieve the goals of MOMH, SCCYS as Lead Agency must work at two levels to ensure that 1) core services are delivered in Lambton County and 2) SCCYS’ community-based sector works together with healthcare providers, schools, and other organizations to support the mental health needs of children, youth and families. How this work will be achieved is outlined in the annual Core Service Delivery and Community Mental Health Reports.
 
As Lead Agency, SCCYS is also expected to work with our Core Service Delivery partners to realize the vision and goals of MOMH. As such, we are pleased to work with fellow local CYMH service providers Huron House Boys Home, Sarnia-Lambton Rebound, The Family Counselling Centre and Community Living Sarnia-Lambton to develop an accessible, responsive and coordinated CYMH system for Lambton’s children, youth and families.