Forest Avenue Program

The Forest Program serves youth with a dual diagnosis and is part of the service array available through the Guiding Partnerships and Solutions (GPS) – Complex Needs Program.

Quick Facts

  • Youth 10 to 18 years with a dual diagnosis.
  • Provides respite for the youth and their families.
  • Run out of the Forest Avenue site.
  • Referrals are required.

About the Program

The program objective is to develop and support the capacity of youth to reside within their own family homes.

Youth accessing this program are between the ages of 10 and 18 years. Respite service is available to youth residing in their homes whose families require additional support to maintain the youth within the family home. This respite service is structured to be planned, regular, and consistent. The level, frequency and intensity of the service is matched as best as possible to the family need and based on current circumstances.

Clinical Resources

The team can call on an array of clinical resources, including a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapist, FASD consultant, Clinical Assessments and Measures, and Complex Needs consultant.


Referrals to the Forest Intensive Out of Home Program may be made by calling Contact Hamilton:

Program Location

  • Forest Avenue Site
  • 135 Forest Avenue,
    Hamilton, ON, L8N 1X6
  • 905-527-3396

Quick Facts

  • 6-bed Intensive Out of Home Program and School Program.
  • All gendered youth ages 12-15 years.
  • Implemented at the Flamborough Site.
  • Referrals are made by contacting Contact Hamilton.
  • Family involvement is encouraged in treatment planning.