East Metro Youth Services operates one co-ed residential treatment program located in Scarborough. Referrals for the Megan Residence are received from Centralized Access to Residential Services (CARS).
Our residential treatment program accommodates adolescents between the ages of 12–18, who are coping with an array of psychiatric, emotional, and/or behavioural challenges that interfere with their ability to function. Daily routines are highly structured, providing a safe, predictable environment, which promotes self-reliance in preparation for independent living or semi-independent living, transition back home or into the community, or a move to adult mental health services.
The programs operate from a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy informed approach and are flexible enough to provide individualized treatment on a short or long term basis. When possible, we encourage parents to get involved in their youth’s treatment. Each youth enrolled in our residential program will be assigned an individual and family therapist, and will be encouraged to participate in weekly counselling sessions.
The Megan Transitional Unit
The Megan Transitional Unit offers respite, stabilization, and intervention to young men and women up to the age of 25. The program operates in a low stimulus, self-contained apartment in the lower level of the Megan Residence, with its own private entrance at the back of the house. In addition to the two separate bedrooms, there is a small living room, a bathroom with a shower, and a kitchen with a hot plate and microwave. There is also an office adjacent to the living area, which is a suitable work space for the staff hired specifically to support the individuals admitted to the program. Programming is planned by the referring agency and the Megan team supervisor or designate, on an individualized basis, depending upon the needs of the person involved.
Daily living expenses, including the cost of hiring the staff required are the responsibility of the referring agency. Specific costs are negotiated prior to admission on the basis of a standard contract designed for this purpose.
East Metro has previously negotiated agreements with a number of community partners and has successfully entertained referrals to the transitional unit from a broad cross-section of referring agencies, including hospitals, child welfare authorities, developmental service providers, private agencies and adult mental health service providers.