Adventure Quest is a government approved CTCC program. This day tratment program is voluntary and represents a collaboration between Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes (BGCKL), Chimo Youth and Family Services and the Trillium Lakelands District School Board. The program meets the needs of children and youth who require mental health services and support. Children and youth referred to the program often struggle with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in conjunction with mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders and oppositional defience disorder. They may also have identified or suspected learning disabilities.
The program takes place in the facility owned and operated by BGCKL. The space for the program will include two classrooms and a common area. Additionally, the program will be able to access the gym and other BGCKL facilities under the supervision of Adventure Quest staff.
The profile for students participating in Adventure Quest will be:
• struggling significantly at school and has exhausted the school board’s available resources;
• there is a known or highly suspected mental health issue;
• there may be the presence of a learning disability / delay;
• may be struggling emotionally and socially;
• is not actively suicidal;
• does not have a serious addiction requiring specialized treatment;
• is not physically aggressive or assaultive so as to jeopardizing the emotional, mental and physical safety of others (staff and other students).
Additionally, students and their families / caregivers must be committed to actively participating in all aspects of the program.
Some of these profile indicators may be known at the time of pre-screening, however, a thorough assessment, including a psychiatric consultation, would also help in their determination.
Referrals to the program are intiated two ways:
• School Board staff have a conversation with a student and their caregivers(s) about exploring the program and if interested the student and their caregiver(s) will contact Chimo directly to start the pre-screening and assessment process.
• A student who is already accessing Chimo supports and for whom it is felt that Day Treatment may be of benefit. Chimo staff would talk with the child/youth and their caregiver(s) about exploring this option. With appropriate consent, Chimo staff would connect with the student’s home school to work collaboratively on the referral.
Treatment goals are developed collaboratively with the child or youth, their family and other community partners as appropriate within 30 days of admission to the program. This is referred to as the Plan of Service. The goals will relate to the presenting concerns and utilize the strengths and the abilities of the child or youth and their families where possible to help achieve these goals. The Plan of Service should be considered a living document that can be changed/updated as the child or youth and the family progress throughout treatment. The plan of service is reviewed twice yearly in December and May. The evaluation of the plan of service is conducted in collaboration with the youth, their family and members of the multidisciplinary team, which may or may not include the consulting child psychiatrist (as determined by the team).
Re-Integration and discharge planning begins at the time of admission to the program. It is important that all those participating and supporting the student are preparing for the return of the student to their home school right from the start. Re-integration planning should be a continuous process carried out by the staff of the Adventure Quest program in collaboration with School Board personnel.