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CATC began as an extension of Burlington Troubled Child Committee in 1968. In 1973 an adhoc children's assessment and treatment service committee was appointed and sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry at Joseph Brant hospital. In 1974 Children’s Assessment and Treatment Services was formed. In 1991 it became an accredited children’s mental health centre.
HASS began in 1972 under the Troubled Child Committee and in 1973 it became registered as Burlington Youth Services. In 1978 it expanded into non-residential capacity and in 1986 their name changed to Halton Adolescent Support Services.
HCYS Halton Child and Youth Services, evolved through the merger of CATC Children's Assessment and Treatment Centre & HASS Halton Adolescent Support Services. Together they became one organization that through the strengths of each agency better serves children, youth and their families experiencing mental health problems in our community. HCYS was created in 2002.
In May 2007 HCYS announced that it was changing its name to Reach Out Centre for Kids or ROCK. The change, announced during National Children’s Mental Health Week, came after a strategic planning and consultation process conducted by the agency.
Burlington Family Resource Center (BFRC) had a 21-year history of providing early years programming and parenting supports to the Burlington Community. It was successful in becoming an Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) in 2002. Both organizations have a 20-year history of working together and partnering together to provide quality services to families in Burlington. The driving force behind this joining was to increase services provided to the Burlington Community. In April 2008 BFRC/OEYC officially became a part of the ROCK family.
ROCK is the largest accredited children’s mental health centre in the Region of Halton. We provide a multi-disciplinary approach to prevention, assessment and treatment of infants, children, youth and their families. Clients must be experiencing emotional, behavioural, developmental or social difficulties that put them at risk for serious mental health problems to qualify for clinical services. Our services are available to infants, children, youth and their families aged birth to 18 and up to 21 in the case of homelessness. Clients must reside in the Region of Halton. Our treatment residence is licensed annually by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
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