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 25. 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. If you would like to discuss a potential referral to STEPS please call 416-864-6060 x7183. Clients must be living in our catchment area: Yonge St to Victoria Park, Bloor/Danforth to Lake Ontario.

Download the referral form (206 kb Word file).

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

Contact Information:

Christy Pickles
Team Leader
STEPS for Youth  
21 McGill Street
Toronto, ON
416-864-6060 x7183
STEPS for Youth hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm