Programs and Services
Community Homes for Opportunity (CHO) is a supportive housing program for people with serious mental illness. The program is designed to assist tenants by providing appropriate housing and support services to achieve and maintain stability in a home that is safe and affordable. The program takes a recovery-based approach and provides access to support services both in the CHO home and in the community, which will aim to improve and/or stabilize peoples’ physical and mental health, foster independence, and enhance participation and integration into the community. The program offers opportunities for tenants to enhance the quality of their daily living, personal growth and development and improve life skills through participation in a variety of activities and programs.
C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. offers presentations, workshops and training on Mental Health First Aid, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), safeTALK (a 3- hour course to increase suicide awareness), Open Your Mind (high school presentation on Lynx – Early Psychosis Intervention), Living Life to the Full, and Mental Health Works. Corporate education and training are also available to support workplace mental health.
The At Work/Au Travail Employment Program follows the Individual Placement and Support model which is an evidence-based best practice approach. It is designed to provide specialized vocational assistance to those seeking opportunities to enter or reintegrate into the workforce.
Mental Health Employment Support Consultants work collaboratively with employment agencies within the Muskoka-Kawartha region through the delivery of mental health consultation, group facilitation and informational sessions related to vocational supports and services to help complex clients with mental health concerns find and maintain competitive employment. Consultative supports focus on symptom management, mental health interventions and distress tolerance/coping strategies. Informational sessions may include general information about mental illness, stigma, harm reduction and mental wellness management. Staff also provide assertive outreach to connect clients who require support with effective referrals and facilitated access to community based mental health supports.
Four County Crisis provides a continuum of comprehensive crisis response services to individuals with a serious mental illness, mental health concerns, and individuals in crisis. Crisis support is available to individuals sixteen years of age or older in the counties of Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton. Individuals can contact the Crisis Team themselves to access services or can be referred by community partners.
C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. offers a variety of mental health and support groups. Please refer to our ‘groups’ page for detailed information on the different groups we offer.
A family education support worker provides education and support to caregivers and family members of individuals with mental health concerns. Support is provided in both one-to-one and through group support formats.
C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. is one of eight partner agencies in a four county rapid response treatment and education service for young people (ages 14-35), in the early stages of a psychotic illness, and their families. Early identification, assessment and treatment leads to significantly improved outcomes.
The Peer Outreach program provides 1:1 and group programming focused on improved quality of life and the attainment of personal recovery goals. Supports are delivered from a peer support philosophy, model and perspective.
The Trans Peer Outreach program offers supports and services for transgender and gender diverse people, to assist them to improve the quality of their lives through the provision of community-based, client centered care that supports positive interdependence. Services are delivered by people with lived experience as a transgender or gender-diverse person, and who also may have experience living with a mental health concern.