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Urgent Assessment

Our primary mandate is to provide provincial specialized consultation for children and youth ages 6-18 experiencing acute and complex psychiatric concerns.

Who we treat

We provide an urgent outpatient assessment for individuals whose community resources are unavailable or inadequate.

Access to the program is by physician referral only and requires the following:

  • Ongoing care and support by a health care provider in the community including at discharge
  • Parent / caregiver involvement

A recent physical exam is recommended.

Services we offer

  • Consultation
  • Assessment
  • Diagnosis
  • Limited treatment
  • Education / family support

The interdisciplinary team is comprised of physicians, nurses, and social workers. Involvement of these professionals is determined by the clinic. Patients cannot be referred directly for assessment from / by these disciplines. Our assessment and treatment process requires the active participation of the child and their parents / caregivers.


Student placements and training opportunities are provided to students at all levels and from multiple disciplines including: social work, nursing, psychology, medicine and psychiatry.



During treatment

All the family members living with the child are requested to attend the first appointment. During this appointment the entire family is usually seen at some point, and the child is also interviewed separately. Referral information and questionnaires are reviewed and clarified with the child and family. 

The initial appointment may range in length from 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

When the assessment is complete, the clinician will discuss the findings with the child or adolescent and family. Generally, this will include a diagnosis and a specific plan for further assessment, or recommendations for further treatment and intervention, with suggestions for where this might take place. A report will be prepared and sent to the appropriate people.

After assessment

After our assessment and consultation is complete, children / youth and families who require long-term intervention are directed to resources in the community.
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