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Syl Apps School

Syl Apps School

Syl Apps School is a forensic mental health facility serving youth from all over Ontario.

There are two Programs at Syl Apps Youth Centre:

Secure Treatment - mandated by the Child and Family Services Act.
Youth Justice Program - mandated through the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Students can also be admitted under an Ontario Review Board order which applies to youth found either “unfit” to stand trial or “not criminally responsible”.

Youth are referred to the Centre as a result of identified or suspected mental health issues.  These youth must have either Secure Custody or Detention orders in order be admitted to the facility for treatment.

In the Secure Treatment program youth are referred from various sources including family doctors, community mental health workers, CAS etc. Once a youth is accepted into the program there must be an application made to a Family Court for a Secure Treatment order. Youth under Ontario Review Board orders also reside in the Secure Treatment Program.

Youth at the centre have a variety of mental health issues and diagnoses including, but not restricted to hallucinations, psychosis, PTSD, FAS, CD, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, numerous suicide attempts and addiction issues.

The primary clinical intervention at Syl Apps is Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. This is composed of both individual therapy and group interventions. All youth are connected to an interdisciplinary team that includes teachers, community stakeholders, the youth and their families, as well as centre staff.  Syl Apps treatment staff include child and youth workers, nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, an art therapist, and therapeutic recreational practitioner.

Students, aged 12-18, enrol in a variety of compulsory and elective courses.  The focus of the school is improving literacy and numeracy skills, safety and well-being and career pathways.