Did You Know?

It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder - the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.

20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.

1 to 3% of Canadians have a developmental disability.

Of 80,000 individuals with a developmental disability in Ontario, 24,000 have a dual diagnosis.

It is estimated that 77% of adults with a developmental disability also live in poverty.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are 14 times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual youth.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth experience substance abuse problems 3 to 5 times higher than heterosexual youth.

Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.

Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.

It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder - the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.

Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.

Anxiety disorders affect 5% of the household population, causing mild to severe impairment.

Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16% among 25-44 year olds.

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women from adolescence to middle age.

The mortality rate due to suicide among men is four times the rate among women.

Almost one half (49%) of those who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about this problem.

Mental illnesses can be treated effectively.

Everybody Counts

TRANSITIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES (TSS)

Griffin Centre provides transitional treatment and supports to assist adults with a dual diagnosis (i.e. developmental disability and mental health challenges) and their families to transition successfully into increased independence in the community.

Who can access?

  • Adults who are 16 years and older
  • Have a developmental disability or a dual diagnosis (developmental disability and serious mental health challenges) and a range of other issues or challenges (i.e., in conflict with the law, immigration, housing, etc.)
  • Live in the City of Toronto


How can we help?

  • Assessment of strengths and needs
  • Consultation and specialized assessment
  • Individual and group counsellng
  • Life skills training
  • Recreational activities
  • Respite care
  • Individualized home, family and community support programming
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Services Include:

Griffin Community Support Network (GCSN)

Griffin Community Support Network (GCSN) provides time-limited crisis and transitional support which includes specialized assessments, consultation and/or treatment, short-term case management services, residential safe beds and day programming options for adults 16 years and over with a developmental disability or a dual diagnosis (developmental disability, mental health challenges and/or behavioral challenges).

The Griffin Community Support Network (GCSN) represents approximately thirty-five (35) partnering agencies working collaboratively through an arrangement of formalized partnerships to provide a wide range of services.

Who can access?

  • Adults 16 years and older with a dual diagnosis
    (developmental disability and complex mental health challenges)
  • Have mental health challenges or a developmental disability with mental health challenges (dual diagnosis)

Day Treatment Program, including the STEP Program

A multi faceted consumer centred program for adults with a developmental disability or a dual diagnosis (developmental disability and mental health challenges) focused on developing academic, community, social and life skills to help them transition successfully into increased independence in the community.

Who can access?

  • Adults 16 years and older with a dual diagnosis
    (developmental disability and complex mental health challenges)

Transitional Support Services: Residential Programs

The Griffin Centre provides eleven residential transitional (up to two years) treatment beds for adults with a dual diagnosis and complex needs ages 18 and over. The program assists individuals in achieving their individualized goals by providing a safe, structured and predictable program that treats all clients with dignity and respect. Within the framework of the overall program, services are delivered flexibly to respond to individual client needs and to respect and value their diversity. This includes being respectful of individual religious practices and beliefs, as well as, food preferences due to allergies or religious practices.

Who can access?

  • Adults 16 years and older
  • Have a dual diagnosis
    (developmental disability and complex mental health challenges)
  • Have challenging behaviours

Mental Health Justice (Supports)

Within GCSN, Griffin Centre offers specific supports to individuals with a dual diagnosis who are at risk of, or already involved with the justice system. This service is integrated within the range of services and supports available through GCSN.

Who can access?

  • Adults 16 years of age and older
  • Have been identified as having a developmental disability and/or suspected mental health challenges
  • Have current, past, or may be at risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system

Adult Respite Services

A recreation based program available throughout the year to offer families a break in caring for their adult son or daughter 18 years of age and older with a developmental disability, with or without mental health challenges, through evening skill development programming.

There are three sessions offered a year (Fall, Winter, Spring). The program is offered one evening a week from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Funding is provided by the Respite Network via MCSS/MCYS.

Who can access?

  • For adults 18 years and older
  • Have a developmental disability including a dual diagnosis
    (developmental disability and complex mental health challenges)
  • Living at home and require additional support and supervision to participate in community-based settings

Diversity (Supports)

Within GCSN, Griffin Centre offers specific supports to individuals with a dual diagnosis from diverse ethno-racial backgrounds that have experienced barriers in accessing services due to culture, religion and/or language. This service is integrated within the range of services and supports available through GCSN.

CONTACT

Griffin Centre:
Ask for the Adult Intake Worker Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
416-222-3563

Gerstein Centre:
Monday-Friday and on weekends
Contact Gerstein after 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 a.m.
416-929-9897

Who can access?

  • Adults 16 years of age and older
  • Have been identified as having a developmental disability and/or suspected mental health challenges
  • Encountered difficulties accessing service due to barriers related to language, culture or religion

Transitional Support Services: GBC Transitional Day Program

The program serves adults 16 and over with a dual diagnosis (developmental disability and complex mental health challenges).

Individuals participating in this program are registered at the college as students. Both the location of the program and the fact that the students are registered at the college, afford the participants an opportunity to belong and for the first time in their life “to feel like everybody else.

Developmental Services Ontario – Temporary Supports and Urgent Response

These two services provide access to funding and other supports that are intended to either address unexpected circumstances where a family requires temporary supports such as family emergencies or health care needs of the individual or his/her family/unpaid caregiver; or in more urgent situations which require a more urgent response such as when the individual is at risk or is homeless, or the individual’s support needs have changed to such an extent that their current support arrangement may soon become untenable and their well-being is at risk. The access to both of these services is through Developmental Services Ontario- Toronto Region at 1-855-372-3858.

CAIR (Collaborative and Individualized Resources)

CAIR provides short-term resources to support people to continue to live in their community (i.e. in their home, with family and/or with a paid caregiver). CAIR’s involvement is intended to better support individuals through the development of a clinical plan that will promote more successful transitions (in a number of situations) within their community. CAIR services are time limited (up to 6 months) and in order to access services, you must be registered and have been deemed eligible for services by Developmental Services Ontario- Toronto Region. Access to CAIR is made through contacting the CAIR Supervisor at 416-222-1153 ext.174.