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Support our New Start Vision

New Start Foundation / Support our New Start Vision

Making our Vision a Reality

Phase 1

New Start Digital Youth IOP launched October 2020

New Start Digital Youth Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), the first and only of its kind in Canada, is an online mental health treatment program for adolescents.  New Start Digital Youth IOP was developed by a Toronto-based Child and Youth psychologist.

The program uses researched-informed behavioural approaches – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – to support recovery from mental health symptoms.

Phase 2

Open a Youth Wing at Bellwood Health Services in Toronto Ontario

In 2021, New Start Foundation will open up 5-10 bed unit within Bellwood Health Services.

The youth wing will use space on an existing floor and will appropriately leverage existing staff and infrastructure

The business model will be more expensive per day than a dedicated building, but will allow us to begin in-patient programming.

The unit will provide proof of concept for our Centre for Excellence and will start to build a critical mass of youth mental health experts.

Phase 3

Build and Open the Centre for Excellence

Phase 3 will cement an extraordinary partnership between Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, EHN-Canada and Bellwood Health Services and New Start Foundation, with the development of a 50-bed state-of-the-art treatment facility in Toronto Ontario

The New Start Centre of Excellence for Youth Addiction and Mental Health

The youth facility will treat 525 youth each year across an intensive continuum of care ranging from acute inpatient, residential treatment, day hospital and intensive outpatient services.

Programming will focus on youth with the most complex mental health illnesses both with and without concurrent addiction problems.

New Start will be the FIRST treatment centre in Canada that:

  • Offers intensive concurrent treatment for youth with mental illness and addictions that includes a strong component of family therapy.
  • Ensures that all clinical care is evidence-based and leverages an inter-professional team of adolescent psychiatrists, pediatricians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, child and youth workers, recreational therapists and other specialists.
  • Consistently uses a proven standardized patient assessment tool to prioritize and treat those most at-risk and matches all youth with the appropriate level of treatment.
  • Serves as a “hub-and-spoke model”, building access across Ontario by transitioning youth back to clinical teams in their home communities.
  • The facility program will ensure on-going follow-up care through a digital platform that focuses on relapse prevention and keeping youth well.

It will become a renowned centre of excellence and set a new standard of care across Canada by:

  • Standardizing patient assessments and using a proven algorithm to prioritize those who are most at-risk and to match with appropriate level of treatment.
  • Conducting clinical outcome studies that evaluate the effectiveness of treatment in reducing symptoms in youth and assess the improvement in overall functioning of patients and their families in the short and long term.
  • Transitioning discharged youth to service providers in their home community, and monitoring patients through a digital platform that gives clear indications when patients are distressed, enabling physicians to intervene and prevent relapse.
  • Providing an unprecedented platform for education and training of medical students, psychiatrists, addiction specialists and nurse practitioners to address the critical shortage of youth mental health specialists across Canada.
The Centre of Excellence will be a bold and innovative step in addressing the most critical problems across the system.