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The Huron-Perth Centre for Children and Youth is an accredited community-based children’s mental health centre. We provide assessment and treatment services for a wide range of mental health concerns for children and youth up to their 18th birthday. We have been in operation since 1977 and have developed strong, positive working relationships with our valued community partners.  In August 2014 we were selected to be the Lead Agency for Child and Youth Mental Health for Huron and Perth. This new role is intended to help develop our local service system to better meet the mental health needs of our children and youth. To read more about the changes occurring across Ontario visit: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/topics/specialneeds/mentalhealth/moving-on-mental-health.aspx

In addition to our child and youth mental health services we have a number of other youth related services and two services for adults specific to violence in intimate relationships. Click “ALL SERVICES” to read more about our range of services available in Huron and Perth County.

Our services are funded by a range of Ministries including: Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Ministry of Children & Youth Services – Youth Justice Branch, Ministry of Community & Social Services and the Ministry of Attorney General. We have developed several services that are purchased from community partners to meet a specific need. From time to time we receive grants for special projects and donations to the Centre used to support client travel, special initiatives and program costs not fully covered by other sources. Services are provided at no cost.

We believe that positive relationships are the foundation for healing and for realizing the potential in all persons.

Our work is guided by these values:

 

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STRENGTHS – A focus on strengths helps individuals build resilience.

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FAMILY “Family” is the most important resource to children and youth.

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DIGNITY & WORTH - All children, youth and families have the right to make choices about their  treatment.

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COLLABORATION – The needs of children, youth and families are best met when we all work together.

 

Scent-Free Environment

Thank you for helping us strive towards our goal of maintaining a scent-free environment.

 

Meet our CEO, Dana Bozzato

I first arrived at the Huron-Perth Centre on June 4, 1990 as a brand new social work grad and with a keen interest in learning how to help children and families with mental health concerns. I immediately felt at home! I was surrounded by a great clinical team and was supported by the managers and the CEO to take some risks and trust that my social work skills would slowly grow over time. The agency was built on a foundation of trust, compassion, relationships and excellence. I seized any and all opportunities that came my way to learn and enhance my clinical capacities. I joined committees, agreed to lead the new day treatment program in Clinton and eventually I became one of the Clinical Services Managers.

Fast forward to 2013 and I found myself drawn to a new opportunity, one that would align with my passion for the intersection of mental health and education. I worked as the Mental Health Lead for Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board for 8 years. This position afforded me the opportunity to lead on a larger system level with the development and implementation of a mental health strategic plan for the Board. I am forever grateful for the chance to do work that was both challenging and incredibly gratifying!

Coming full circle, I find myself back where I began, to that familiar foundation and to a clinical team with enormous capacity to help children and families experiencing mental health challenges. I feel blessed to be part of the Huron-Perth Centre management team once again as we embrace our role as leaders in the community for child and youth mental health services.

When I am not wearing my social work or mental health hat (although I am not sure you can ever really set it down), my other passions in life include my two daughters who make me proud every day and back country canoeing, where you get in touch with your capacity to really do hard things!

 

Meet our Board of Directors:

Jessica D'Arcey - President

Gail Courtnage - Vice President

Larry Schoch - Secretary

Sydney Hunking - Board Member

Dr. Kirsten Blaine, Board Member

Tara Cakebread, Board Member

Mary Cull, Board Member

The Latest HPC News!

40th Anniversary Video

2017 Mental Health Newspaper Insert

The Huron-Perth Centre formalizes protocol with the North Perth Family Health Team…

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Reports

Huron-Perth Centre for Children and Youth 2023-2027 Strategic Plan