Family Child and Youth Program
Family, Child & Youth Program
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The Family, Child & Youth Program provides community-based mental health care in a collaborative care model for the full spectrum of mental health conditions. Our team of physicians, nurse, social worker and support staff partner with community-based mental health agencies, regional hospitals and primary care providers to assist families, children and youth in need of mental health care.

We provide initial consultations and follow up mental health care to children, youth, and their families, covering the full spectrum of mental health challenges and disorders.

Care is provided in a trauma-informed, family-focused format both virtually and in-person at the Community Health Hub in Midland, or at regional affiliated primary care settings. Initial consultations and follow up care are provided in partnership with primary care.

Referrals
Referrals to the program must be completed by a primary care provider. 
For referral criteria, please see the Referral Form.
 
Once your referral has been received, reviewed and accepted, your primary care provider will be notified. If needed, we may contact you for more information to help us prioritize services. Our aim is to provide you with ample notice of the details of your appointment. Sometimes we may call scheduled patients to come in sooner if an opening becomes available.
 
Upcoming appointment? Here's what to expect
We will call you with an appointment reminder several business days prior to the appointment and are happy to answer any questions you may have at that time. We use the contact information provided by your primary care provider – so please ensure it is up to date. If we cannot confirm your attendance, we may cancel your appointment.

In general, initial appointments may take up to 2 hours (depending on the nature of the issue). Follow-up appointments are generally scheduled in half-hour increments. 

In anticipation of your appointment, please collect any relevant reports and bring them with you. If you have been asked to complete forms prior to the appointment, please print them off and fax them back to us (705-526-2462), email them to [email protected], or bring them to your appointment. The following information may be requested:
  * Parent questionnaire
  * specific rating scales found at childmentalhealth.ca
     - Select “Get started” under rating scales
     -  Select “I am completing a scale”
     -  Choose your child’s doctor (listed by first name)
     -  Select the scale you have been requested to complete

In-person appointments:

Our services are family-focused and therefore we generally welcome family members or other supporting persons to attend the appointment. However there will be times where it is appropriate to limit the persons in attendance. We also ask that you use discretion when determining who should attend appointments. If there is a custody agreement in place we trust that all parties will communicate details of the appointment to those who are entitled to this information. The physician may also ask to speak with older children and youth independently. 

In all cases, if children are deemed capable, they have the right to consent to who attends appointments and who is entitled to receive information about the assessment. Limitations may apply if there are concerns about the child or youth’s safety or information obtained indicates a danger to others.

Virtual appointments:

Appointments may be offered via OTN or by phone. In either case please ensure you have a suitable device to conduct the appointment. Please ensure that you are in a location which is suitable for a confidential medical appointment – a private, quiet place where confidentiality can be ensured. Please be cognizant of the fact that we may be sharing confidential and sensitive information.


Difficulty connecting to OTN? Check out this information brochure or contact Waypoint’s Telemedicine coordinator at 705.549.3181, ext. 2002 or [email protected]
 
The team
  * Dr. Robert Meeder, Pediatrician, Medical Director- Family, Child and Youth Program
  * Dr. Peter Braunberger, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  * Dr. Joseph Oliver, Pediatrician
  * Julie Buss, Administrative Assistant
  * Katharine Vanderboon, Administrative Assistant
  * Lisa Wilson, Registered Nurse
  * Tracy Wilson, Registered Social Worker
  * Lindsay Hummelink, Clinical Manager
  * Rhonda Johnstone, Program Director
  * North Simcoe Youth Wellness Hub


Need to connect with us?

For Patients and Families
Telephone: 705-549-3181, ext. 2484
or Toll Free: 1-877-341-4729, ext. 2484
Fax: 705-526-2462
Email: [email protected] 

For Primary Care Providers (Physicians and Nurse Practitioners)
Family physicians, nurse practitioners and ER physicians at regional Level 1 hospitals can contact the on-call Family Child and Youth Mental Health physician for advice regarding a patient or for urgent matters by calling the Waypoint Switchboard at 705-549-3181.

Our physicians are also available via eConsult on OTN to physicians enrolled with OTN. 


Referrals