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What are Navigation Supports?

Navigation supports help you find and connect to the right service within Hands, or to another specialized service in the community. We are here to help you find the best supports to meet your needs.  

What services can I access?

Each service is different and has a different way to get in touch. You can find that information in the descriptions below. 

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Child and Youth Advocacy Centre of Nipissing

This is a safe, child-friendly space for children and youth who are victims of abuse. The purpose of the CYAC is to help reduce the trauma of disclosure and the stress of dealing with the justice system. The Child and Youth Advocacy Centre of Nipissing brings together many community partners to support children, youth and families.

The Child and Youth Advocacy Centre can help: 

  • Provide a physically and psychologically safe environment for children, youth, and non-offending caregivers to be interviewed
  • Reduce the number of interviews a child/youth has to endure
  • Provide access to service from a single point of entry, reducing the potential for gaps in service
  • Provide individualized support and referrals to accommodate a child/youth’s specific needs

The Child and Youth Advocacy Centre receives referrals directly from the police or a child welfare agency.


Coordinated Service Planning

This is an Ontario Government initiative to help children and youth with multiple, complex special needs and their families. Coordinated Service Planning helps meet your family’s needs by:

  • Connecting you to the services your child/youth needs
  • Bringing together the group of professionals on your child and family’s team to coordinate services
  • Helping the team work together towards your family’s vision for your child/youth

Hands supports Coordinated Service Planning in the Districts of Muskoka, Nipissing and Parry Sound. Learn more about Coordinated Service Planning by visiting the Coordinated Service Planning website.

Get started with Coordinated Service Planning by filling out the self-referral form or contact us for more information.

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Tele-Mental Health Services

This service supports children and youth in rural, remote, and underserved communities to access psychiatric consultations through video-conference.

Hands is one of six Tele-Mental Health Service Coordination Agencies in Ontario. We connect children and youth with specialists from Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) and SickKids hospitals.

Service providers can access our referral form or contact us for more information.