Lead Agency

As Toronto’s Lead Agency for Infant, Children and Youth Mental Health since 2015, we are focused on transforming the experience of infants, children, youth and families with mental health challenges. This includes developing and operationalizing system-wide changes to better improve access, experience and mental health outcomes for Toronto’s diverse communities.

The Lead Agency work is done in collaboration with Toronto’s 23 Core Service Providers and 5 Indigenous agencies. This is the largest provincial grouping of service providers that includes agencies that serve the 0 to 6 population and prioritizes extensive, meaningful engagement of youth and families.

We are also focused on building and strengthening relationships with Education, Healthcare, Child Welfare, the Justice System and other sectors and community partners to better meet infant, children, and youth mental health needs.

“Every child and young person deserves support to reach their full potential – and our communities and our province need them to realize that potential. Children and young people deserve a mental health system that delivers services and supports that respond quickly and comprehensively to their needs, as close to home as possible.”
– Former Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Moving on Mental Health Action Plan

Lead Agency Announcements and in the News

Mental Health T.O. on CP24 (Video)

CP24 – May 5, 2019

Moving On Mental Health Ministry Overview & Information

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services – May 4, 2018

Pour l’avancement de la santé mentale – Foire Aux Questions

Ministère des services à l’enfance et des services sociaux et communautaires – May 4, 2018

Collective Impact: Stanford Social Innovation Review

Stanford Social Innovation – December 2011

The Promise of Lean Experimentation

Accelerate Change – 2015

Centre of Excellence on Child and Youth Mental

eMentalHealth – April 1, 2016