Hincks-Dellcrest Centre

Hincks-Dellcrest Centre

The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre works to promote optimal social, emotional, and behavioural well-being in infants, children, youth, and their families, and to contributing to the achievement of healthy communities.

Mission statement

The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre is dedicated to promoting optimal mental health in infants, children, youth, and their families, and to contributing to the achievement of healthy communities.

Summary of relevant work

The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre is a children’s mental health treatment, research and teaching centre that provides a services to children aged birth to 18 years in Toronto along a continuum of need including prevention and early intervention, outpatient individual and family services, intensive residential treatment, and youth justice.   The model of care is rooted in an interdisciplinary approach involving psychiatry, psychology, social work, child and youth workers, and nursing.  Children are treated within the context of their family and community environment. 

Hincks-Dellcrest has also formed strategic alliances with other children’s mental health centres and services.  The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre also has a strong academic mandate through its affiliation with the University of Toronto.  In addition it has partnerships with other children’s services, such as children’s aid societies, public health and Toronto hospitals and with education partners.  Hincks-Dellcrest has a robust research program that adds to the body of knowledge in children’s mental health and tests innovative programs locally, nationally and internationally.  It also has a program evaluation service that develops evidence to support best practices in the delivery of the Centre’s children’s mental health services.

Key partners

  • Children’s Mental Health Ontario
  • Child Welfare League of Canada
  • Parents for Children’s Mental Health
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Ontario Early Years Network
  • Centre Francophone
  • Child Development Institute
  • Turning Point Youth Services


  • Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • United Way of Greater Toronto
  • University of Toronto
  • private donors through the Hincks-Dellcrest Foundation

Seeking collaboration with

Experts by experience/service users
Other organizations
Policy makers


Detection and diagnosis
Empowerment and service user involvement
Prevention and promotion
Task sharing
Training, education and capacity building
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Child behavioural and developmental disorders
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Psychosis/bipolar disorder
Central America and the Caribbean
Middle East
North America
South America
Children and adolescents
Families and carers
Humanitarian and conflict health
Minority populations