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About CMHO

Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) works to identify and develop solutions to important policy issues affecting the child and youth mental health sector. We represent more than 85 accredited community-based children’s mental health centres that provide treatment and support to children, youth and families. This includes targeted prevention, early intervention, short- and long-term counselling and therapy, and intensive services such as residential care.

CMHO is governed by a Board of Directors made up of volunteers, consumers, and children’s mental health professionals who represent all regions of the province.

CMHO's History

In 1972, The Ontario Association of Children's Mental Health Centres (OACMHC) was established by its member centres. Through the Association, children's mental health centres began sharing information and advocating for policies, programs, and funds to improve the state of children's mental health throughout the province.

The Ontario Association of Children's Mental Health Centres (OACMHC) changed its name to Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) in 1999. This new name signifies a broader, more child-focused emphasis, and reflects a recognition that children's mental health centres are one part of comprehensive system of health and social services. In other words, we are part of a larger children's mental health system, and we must all work together.

What Our Logo Represents

The CMHO logo represents going from darkness and cold into the light and warmth of recovery/well being/mental health. Our logo symbolizes the efficacy of treatment.

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