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Applied Psychology &  Human Development

Kinark Child and Family Services (including Syl Apps Youth and Secure Treatment Centre)

Kinark Child and Family Services provides a variety of services to children, youth and young adults who are experiencing social, emotional or behavioural problems, and to their families.  We provide services in eleven communities in Ontario, including the Syl Apps Youth Centre in Oakville (near the QEW and Trafalgar). Our Corporate Office is located in Markham, ON.

Syl Apps Youth and Secure Treatment Centre (SAYC) is the only facility for adolescents in Canada comprised of the three secure programs: Detention, Custody and Treatment. The centre was accredited as a Children’s Mental Health Centre in 2003.

  1. Secure Treatment: Syl Apps has two ten bed, co-ed units for a maximum of 20 Secure Treatment beds. The Secure Treatment Program is a provincial resource and is mandated by the Child and Family Services Act. Youth are admitted through the Family Courts from all regions of the province. Youth who are in the Secure Treatment Program at SAYC may or may not be Young Offenders. All Secure Treatment residents do, however, have a diagnosed mental disorder and as a result have caused or attempted to cause serious bodily harm to themselves or someone else. The Secure Treatment Program is designated as a hospital to maintain clients under the Ontario Review Board - clients who have committed an offence but are not criminally responsible for their actions and/or are unfit to stand trial.
  1. Specialized Mental Health Youth Justice Program: Syl Apps Currently has 30 beds in the Youth Justice Program for secure custody and detention. Each of the three living units houses 10 residents.

    As part of our continuum of services for youth with demonstrated mental health needs, this specialized program is available to male youth aged 12 – 17 at the time of the offence who are identified as requiring enhanced clinical supports.