Mental Health Community Programs

In addition to the inpatient and outpatient mental health services delivered at Rouge Valley's two hospital campuses, we also provide services within the community. These services help to support people with mental health conditions to live more stable and independent lives.


Shoniker Clinic

Shoniker Clinic is a child and adolescent mental health clinic that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of significant mental health problems. The clinic accepts physician referrals for youth under the age of 19 who reside in Scarborough, Pickering or Ajax. An interdisciplinary team provides assessments, individual and family therapy, parent education, group therapy and medication management.

Learn more about Shoniker Clinic.

Contact information

For more information call 416-281-7301.


Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

This unique, community-based mental health program provides direct treatment, rehabilitation and support services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness. The program consists of a multidisciplinary team of staff members who have training and experience in psychiatry, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, substance-abuse treatment, vocational rehabilitation and peer support. The ACT team goes into the community to serve clients, meeting with them in their own environment where they feel comfortable. This could be in their homes, a coffee shop, or even in a park.

For many patients suffering from illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, leaving their homes to go to an appointment can be a challenge, which is why the majority of ACT’s services are provided within the community. In addition, the ACT team provides service to adults who have not otherwise been successful with office-based services or have had extensive hospital stays. Through this program, clients to learn important day-to-day functions, such as maintaining personal hygiene, finding employment or managing finances.

Rouge Valley offers ACT services to residents of west Durham.

Making a referral

To make a referral to the ACT program, please download and complete the following:

Once you have filled out these forms, please either fax or mail us the application

  • Fax: 905-831-3908

  • Mail: Rouge Valley ACT Team
             Unit 11 A/B-1400 Bayly Street
             Pickering, ON L1W 3R2

Contact information

For more information call 905-831-8326.


Housing programs

RVHS offers two housing programs to provide safe, affordable and supportive housing for patients with serious mental illness and who have been, or are about to become, homeless.

25 Neilson

This 30-unit residential complex provides housing and care to people with mental illness, allowing many of them to get off the streets, or out of sub-standard housing. The housing complex is located in Scarborough, nearby Rouge Valley Centenary hospital campus.

This program is the result of a unique partnership between all three levels of government—the federal government's Supportive Community Partnerships (SCPI) initiative, the City of Toronto, which provided leased land; and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, which contributed initial funding.

On site residential counselors at 25 Neilson provide rehabilitation counseling and life-skills training for day-to-day activities, such as banking and cooking. Additionally, partnerships with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Jewish Vocational Services, and Toronto Public Health, enable the delivery of a wide variety or supportive programming. This includes peer and addiction support, job coaching, wellness, and smoking cessation, all of which help these residents to successfully live independently. Residents here are able to receive clinical care at RVC for a variety of mental health issues.

Gatesview House

Our Gatesview House offers permanent supportive housing for the seriously men­tally ill, who would often otherwise be homeless.

Located on a quiet, residential street, Gatesview House looks like any other family home and has been accepted into the neighborhood, because Rouge Valley’s staff has kept the community informed and involved in its development.

The house accommodates six adults—each with his/her own room, while sharing common areas, including the kitchen and living room. While turnover of patients is not frequent, people do make progress, become more independent and move on

Patients are referred to Gatesview by a physician, caseworker or from hostels.

Contact information

For more information, please call 416-208-0131.



Pathways is a social recreational program for adults with serious mental illness and offers psycho educational groups, work activity, health and wellness teaching, leisure activities and a medication clinic.

Contact information

For more information, please call 416-208-0131.