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