Parent-Operated Residential Treatment:

Parent-Operated Residential Treatment Program

Our Parent–Operated Residential Treatment Program (PORT) is a long-term treatment program for children between 7 and 17 years of age who require support and guidance within a home environment, or who require a step-down placement from a more intensive staff-operated residential program.


PORT is designed to mirror as closely as possible the normal routines of daily living as a family. We also help the child/youth and family maintain existing contacts within their community, whenever possible. For example, the child/youth continues to attend the same school and participates in recreational activities within his/her own community.


Who is eligible for our program?
Our program is appropriate for children and youth who:

  • are between 7 and 17 years of age,
  • live in the Region of Peel,
  • have an intellectual ability (verbal and full scale IQ) currently above 70,
  • have been assessed by the treatment team as having needs that would benefit from an out-of-home placement within a family-like environment, and
  • can be safely cared for within a parent-operated residential treatment setting.


What do we do?
We provide the child/youth with:

  • support to develop appropriate skills for handling his/her feelings and impulses,
  • support with learning appropriate social skills,
  • opportunities for positive peer interactions,
  • education and knowledge to make safe, healthy decisions for themselves and others, and
  • support to learn the skills required for independent living.


We provide the parents with:

  • skills and knowledge to help them cope effectively with the needs of their child/youth, and
  • positive parenting and relationship skills that will help strengthen their relationship with their child/youth.


How can you access our program?
To access our program, please call Access to Mental Health Services for Children and Youth at 905-451-4655.


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