Day Treatment Programs

Skylark’s Section 23 Day Treatment Programs – Merge and Visions – are designed for high school students who are experiencing significant challenges at school. These young people are often struggling with academics, attendance, mental health, family, or other persistent issues and would benefit from the multidisciplinary intensive therapeutic support and intervention the program provides.

Following an intake assessment, Skylark’s experienced staff assign each eligible student to either Merge or Visions based on their treatment needs, and how significantly the student’s issues impact their functioning at school, home and socially.

The Merge and Visions Day Treatment Programs tailor services to best meet the needs of the students we serve. The Merge program also provides clinical support in French and is open to referrals from Toronto, York, Peel and Halton.

Skylark’s Day Treatment Programs are located in two, west end Toronto high schools. The students learn in small, focused classes that are capped at six to eight students per one Toronto District School Board (TDSB) teacher; Skylark Youth Workers are in the classrooms to provide youth with support. Students enrolled in the program attend up to three academic classes each day, participate in a life skills treatment group and meet with their primary worker to build on the strengths that will help them succeed.

The programs operate under the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) model. The learning and treatment plans are a collaborative effort devised by the student, teacher, youth workers, clinicians and – whenever possible – with the student’s parent/guardian. Parent/caregiver participation is integral to student success. The length of stay in the Day Treatment Programs varies from a few months to a couple of years.

Learn what some of the students, Skylark staff (formerly Delisle) and teachers have to say about the Merge program.

How to Access the Day Treatment Programs

  • To access  Skylark’s Day Treatment Programs contact 416-394-2010 and request to speak to our Clinical Manager.
  • Skylark staff will determine if an application to the Day Treatment Programs seems appropriate based on information about the youth’s treatment and academic needs.
  • The referral assessment process may include one or more meetings, a standardized youth and parent interview, and collecting relevant supporting documentation.
  • Upon entry to one of the programs, teachers and Skylark staff work with the student to develop a learning and treatment plan.

** Please note that there may be a waiting list for access to the Day Treatment Programs.