CASA House is a voluntary residential treatment program for 12 to 18 year old adolescents with mental health concerns.
CASA House focuses on treating adolescents and their families who have not responded to previous interventions (like medications and therapy) and now require more intensive mental health treatment. The adolescents' psychological and behavioural difficulties are difficult for the adolescent and for their family. The adolescent may have struggles at school, in the community, and at home.
CASA House has a multidisciplinary team including therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists, child care counsellors, teachers, social workers and a dietitian. There is school and group therapy during the week. The adolescents go home on most weekends. Adolescents also receive individual therapy but the majority of therapy is done in groups. Parents/Guardians participate in family therapy biweekly. Parents/Guardians are expected to attend Parent Support Group/Multi-Family Therapy once a week on Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm (out of town may attend by video conference). Parents/Guardians are encouraged to take adolescents on pass anytime between 3:30pm and 6:15pm Wednesdays before Parent Support Group/Multi-Family Therapy.
The adolescents' stay at CASA House allows the family to separate from the conflict and focus on rebuilding their relationship with their adolescent through individual growth and resolving barriers that impede the relationship.
Adolescents are referred by their therapist or psychiatrist.
There is a waitlist for CASA House treatment.
* when an adolescent turns 18 years of age they cannot access CASA House unless they are already in the program.