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Moving on Mental Health


What is Moving On Mental Health?


Moving on Mental Health (MOMH) is the action plan for the transformation of community-based child and youth mental health services. This plan will ensure Ontario’s infants, children, youth and families are able to get mental health services in their communities that are accessible, responsive and based on the experiences of the children and youth who need help.

What is the goal of Moving on Mental Health?


Part of Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, the goal of Moving on Mental Health is to ensure all children, youth and families in Ontario have easy access to:

  • Mental health services in their communities, and
  • Mental health services and supports that meet their needs

Strengthening the community-based system for delivering mental health services will bring people and organizations closer together locally and benefit everyone.

What is a Lead Agency?


To lead the implementation process, the Ministry of Child and Youth Services divided Ontario into 33 service areas, selecting, through a competitive process, one Child and Youth Mental Health Service Agency in each to lead the process. East Metro Youth Services (EMYS) was named a Lead Agency under the Moving on Mental Health (MOMH) action plan for the Toronto service area in February 2015.

As the lead agency for Toronto, EMYS is tasked with leading the implementation of the MOMH action plan in Toronto. Once fully implemented, MOMH will transform the experience of Toronto’s infants, children, youth and families living with mental health challenges. Working in collaboration with the other service agencies and through extensive, meaningful engagement of youth and families, EMYS is working to facilitate system-wide changes to better improve access, experience and mental health outcomes for infants, children, youth and families who need and rely on the Children and youth mental health system in Toronto. EMYS also participates in province-wide lead agency discussions, sharing lessons and insights and informing a province-wide approach to the MOMH action plan.