Mental Health

Community Mental Health Services : STEPS for Youth

The Starting Treatment Early for Psychosis Service (STEPS) for Youth program is designed to provide early intervention services for youth experiencing signs and symptoms of a first episode of psychosis. We work with youth between the ages of 16 to 35. Our clients may also be homeless and have problems with drugs or alcohol. STEPS  is located in the community at 21 McGill St.

Assessment, treatment and case management services are provided by an interdisciplinary team including: psychiatry, nursing, occupational therapy and social work. The team provides outreach services to meet clients in their homes or in the community. Clients receive weekly support from the team. Services are provided for up to 3 years. Clients are supported to connect with the appropriate service before they are discharged from the program.

STEPS uses a recovery-oriented approach to provide:

  • assessment
  • treatment
  • help and support with school, work and social activities
  • family education and support
  • public education and advocacy
  • linkages to community agencies and services
  • weekly group programming

Taking STEPS to recovery:

Brochure (5 MB pdf file)
Poster (1.5 MB pdf file)


Anyone can make a referral to STEPS for Youth. This includes self-referrals.

Referrals are through The Access Point. Please submit application on line at or call The Access Point at 416-640-1934 to obtain an application form. Once the application form is submitted, The Access Point will assess the client for eligibility; if the client meets the eligibility criteria, The Access Point will send the referral to the STEPS Team.

For more information about psychosis you can visit the following websites:

Contact Information:

Erin Chan
Team Leader
STEPS for Youth  
21 McGill Street
Toronto, ON
416-864-6060 x3823
STEPS for Youth hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.