OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 21, 2013) - The Halton Trauma Centre (HTC) today announced that it has been selected by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) to take over operation of the Thistletown Regional Centre's SAFE-T program (Sexual Abuse: Family, Education, and Treatment). HTC supports the MCYS' commitment to building a children's mental health system that is efficient and responsive to children, youth and their families. HTC, a community leader in providing clinical services and support to victims, families of interpersonal abuse will transition the staff and client portfolio of the SAFE-T program over the next few weeks.
"The confidence that MCYS has shown in selecting HTC as their choice of organization to transfer their portfolio underscores our distinct expertise in delivering these highly specialized services," stated Darryl Hall, executive director, HTC. "Our philosophy is to work towards preventing and treating all forms of child maltreatment in a compassionate, innovative way, which means making services accessible to all of the communities, individuals, and families in need."
For more than 30 years the Halton Trauma Centre has been the leader in delivering clinical services to child, adolescent and family victims of sexual abuse and has since expanded its mandate to more broadly treat trauma caused by interpersonal violence and uniquely provides education and treatment to adolescents who commit sexual harm and children with sexual behavior problems.
With the delivery of the SAFE-T program HTC will effectively double in size, adding highly skilled practitioners and growing the number of children and youth they will now serve considerably. Together with the new resources, HTC ensures that children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and abuse, children who exhibit problematic sexualized behaviours, and young men and women who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviours have access to reliable community support.
"Our dedicated and compassionate team of clinical experts are deeply committed to working with children, adolescents and families who have experienced trauma and abuse to provide specialized assessment, treatment and preventative education that helps to heal victims, those who commit sexual harm and families in a holistic way," confirmed Ean Algar, HTC Board President.
"Bringing the HTC and SAFE-T programs together under one organization will ensure the continued community based delivery of specialized children's mental health services all across the province," Algar concluded.
HTC and SAFE-T programs will continue to be identified in their respective community service areas by their existing identities.
About Halton Trauma Centre (www.haltontraumacentre.ca)
Halton Trauma Centre is dedicated to the advancement of assessment and treatment services through research, education, and community partnerships. For some 30 years, HTC has been a leader in providing specialized assessment and treatment throughout Southern Ontario to children, adolescents and families who have experienced interpersonal abuse, children and adolescents who exhibit sexual behavior problems and those who have committed sexual offenses.
SAFE-T, currently operating out of the Ontario government Thistletown Regional Centre, provides community-based assessment and treatment for children and youth who have experienced intra-familial sexual abuse, children who exhibit sexual behaviour problems and adolescents who have committed sexual offences.