Section 23 Treatment Program Partnerships

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board operates the educational component of four Section 23 treatment programs.

Admission to the majority of residential facilities in Ontario is determined selectively on the basis of assessed need for special non-educational services. Responsibility for seeking appropriate residential care facilities rests directly with the parents of each pupil. School boards are, however, expected to assist parents in locating the appropriate care of treatment service. Depending on the nature of the child’s requirement, this may be provided by a child’s mental health centre, (i.e., Grand River Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health Services), children’s psychiatric service, (i.e., Child and Parent Resource Institute), Family and Children’s Services or other organizations offering appropriate service.

Placement of a student in a treatment centre is at parental request or referral and is a decision made by the parent, student and the treatment centre. Boards are then contracted to provide educational programs consistent with the treatment program and Ontario education legislation. However, Student Services Collaborative team members can facilitate such a referral and assist the school in providing the family with the understanding, support and encouragement in making the referral.

WCDSB has partnerships with the following programs:

  • Carizon, Encompass Program
  • Grand River Hospital, CAIP
  • Grand River Hospital, YAP
  • Hope Harbour Home



St. Agatha

Children experiencing severe difficulties receive therapeutic and educational treatment at our special on-site school. The program aims at enabling successful re-integration into community schools. The program serves 40 primary and junior age students from Waterloo Region, Wellington County, Brant County, and Wentworth County.

Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program (CAIP)

Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, ON
Psychiatric and Mental Health Program


The Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit provide emergency psychiatric assessment, stabilization and treatment on a short-term basis for children and youth, under the age of nineteen.

Children and youth are admitted to the program by the unit psychiatrist. If the child or youth is experiencing a psychiatric crisis, they can be seen through our Emergency Department/Crisis Clinic. The unit psychiatrist or psychiatrist-on-call and the Crisis Clinic will determine the need for admission.

The professional team at CAIP is made up of team players from Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Child and Youth Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Teaching. The teacher is provided in partnership by Waterloo Catholic District School Board. The patient and his/her family also become members of this team.

The Young Adult Program (YAP)

Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, ON

The Young Adult Program is a psychiatric/mental health treatment program offering services to youth aged 16 – 21, who require an intensive, structured treatment program in a small classroom environment. Grand River Hospital staff are responsible for student admission, determining the length of stay and managing the waitlists.

The professional team at YAP includes: a psychiatrist, social worker, child and youth care workers and teachers while in the program. The educational component of this program is provided by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

The objectives of the program are to enhance the individual’s functioning so that they can be reintegrated into community schools and activities.

Hope Harbour

Kitchener, ON

Hope Harbour House is a 16 bed open custody facility for Phase II Young Offenders operated by Ray of Hope Inc. The residents are males between the ages of 16 – 21 years of age. The length of stay is determined by the courts. The educational component of this program is provided by a Waterloo Catholic District School Board.