Child and Youth Mental Health

Accreditation with CCA supports children’s mental health centres to meet new challenges and excel through standards that reflect best practices in community-based operations, services and programs.

Accreditation with CCA positions organizations that offer child and youth mental health services to keep pace with accountability expectations and lead when it comes to service quality.

The Right Fit

Standards

Organizations are asked to meet a common set of Organizational Standards, as well as standards specific to their child and youth mental health programs and services.

The Organizational Standards look at the whole organization, and cover things like governance, management, planning and evaluation, quality improvement, and important risk management functions. The standards also look for person-centred services, a strength-based approach, accessibility of services, and engagement and responsiveness to the communities served.

The Child and Youth Mental Health standards apply to the organization’s child and youth mental health programs and services. They assess areas such as service approach, collaboration and partnerships, knowledge and learning, and intervention/treatment planning, implementation and review. There are also standards where particular services are offered including for prevention programs, groups, consultation to other community service providers, respite, treatment foster care, day treatment, and for child and youth mental health services in schools, homes and other community settings.

Where a youth engagement program is offered, the CCA review team includes a youth reviewer to assess those standards.

Engagement of the sector

Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) played a leading role as a founding partner to create CCA and develop the accreditation program for organizations that offer child and youth mental health services.

Choosing the Program

Organizations that are members of CMHO have access to CCA accreditation as part of their membership. Ontario organizations that deliver less than $250,000 per year of child and youth mental health services may access accreditation with these standards either by becoming a member of CMHO or by paying a licensing fee. Other organizations may pay a licensing fee to access.

Contact CCA for more information.