Transitional Aged Youth Outreach (TAYO)

The TAYO Program is a case management and counselling program for youth aged 16-17, who are experiencing on-going mental health challenges and are likely to transition into adult services. The TAYO Program offers a community-based service providing a consistent level of support to youth during this transition. The TAYO Program utilizes a strength-based, client-centered approach, focusing on immediate needs and long-term goals.

Goals of the Program:

  • To improve day-to-day functioning and well-being of youth
  • To provide parents and caregivers with education and support regarding their youth’s mental health and treatment
  • To minimize gaps in service for youth living with mental health issues
  • To facilitate the transition of youth into adult mental health services
  • To educate and build capacity within the adult system to meet the unique needs of transitional aged youth

Inclusionary Criteria:

  • Youth who are residents of Peel
  • Youth aged 16 – 17 yrs
  • Youth who have persistent mental health issues (with or without a formal diagnosis) requiring ongoing support and service
  • Youth who are displaying several of the following behaviours: chronic isolation (from family and other support systems), substance misuse, self harm, aggression, anti-social behaviour, sexual acting out, negative peer relationships, difficulties in school and/or employment
  • Youth who require, but are not connecting with youth or adult mental health services
  • Youth who are connected with service, but would benefit from a community-based support

Exclusionary Criteria:

  • Youth who are actively suicidal, homicidal or in need of immediate crisis stabilization
  • When safety of the Counsellor cannot be ensured

Referral Sources:

  • Youth Justice Services
  • WhereToStart.ca
  • Community Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Peel School Boards, including but not limited to:
    • Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
    • Peel District School Board
  • Peel Children’s Aid
  • Self-referrals (youth and/or family)
  • Community service providers

Referral Process:

Youth and caregivers can also make a self-referral by contacting WhereToStart.ca or by calling 905.451.4655.

Partner organizations and AYSP staff working with clients who meet eligibility requirements can make a referral to the TAYO Program via the Internal Transfer Protocol.

Youth’s Probation Officer completes a referral form and sends the referral to the AYSP Youth Intake Specialist.

The TAYO Program Supervisor is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the referral process or program criteria.