The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the
Toronto District School Board offer a day treatment / Section 23 program for
eight children ages 6 to 8 years (Grades 1to 3) with clinically significant
emotional, behavioural and learning complexities across settings. Section 23
programs have the mandate of offering intensive therapeutic and academic
programming for children and parents beyond that available in other classrooms.
The CATCH Classroom is staffed by an interprofessional clinical team: a special
education teacher; two child and youth workers in the classroom; social workers
to support families; a registered nurse; a psychiatrist; psychology support;
and an additional child and youth worker who completes liaison work with
referring schools before a child begins with the CATCH Classroom and with
receiving schools following their discharge. The CATCH Classroom operates from
on-site at CAMH’s Child, Youth and Family Program.
Children attend the program for an academic year. Areas of
therapeutic and academic focus include:
- Academic skill and confidence
- On-task academic performance
- Independent work skills and group-work skills
- Social skills / friendship skills with peers
- Problem-solving and conflict management
- Understanding, labeling and managing feelings
- Managing adult expectations
Over the course of the year, the team – families, teacher
and clinicians – discuss plans for the children’s school placement for the
September following discharge, whether to a community school or another child
mental health setting. Parents are asked to participate in weekly parent group
sessions for 15-weeks, and in family sessions with a social worker; they are
active in therapeutic planning and work.
Children and families who are referred to the CATCH
Classroom will undergo an assessment as the first step of the admission
To access the service please contact Access CAMH, the
centralized intake service at CAMH. Access CAMH ensures the right patient
gets to the right place at the right time.
Access CAMH contact 416-535-8501, press 2
New referrals can be faxed to Access CAMH 416-979-6815 using
the referral form below.
Referral Form (PDF)