Proposed integration of SickKids and Hincks-Dellcrest Centre approved

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (HDC) will begin integrating their operations starting February 1, 2017 to enable a more effective, efficient and integrated approach to the provision of mental health services for children and youth that bridges care in hospital and in the community.

The two institutions share a vision to create a comprehensive academic child and youth mental health program that provides a continuum of integrated, inter-disciplinary and evidence-based mental health treatment and support for children, youth and families.

The integration brings the two organizations’ current, highly regarded clinical services, research, education and training programs under a shared governance and leadership structure.

The integration will help to streamline access to the children’s mental health system, providing children and families in need of mental health care with a clear point of entry into care, defined care pathways, and seamless transitions within and between hospital and community-based services. Leveraging the strengths of both organizations, the integrated service will provide both hospital and community care, with a primary focus on improving quality of care and outcomes for children and youth with complex needs.

To further support the integration and development of a comprehensive academic child and youth mental health program, the two organizations also announced the integration of their respective Foundations. Funds currently held by The Hincks-Dellcrest Foundation will be transferred to the SickKids Foundation, and will continue to support the initiatives that donors originally chose to support. The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre’s supporters can continue to invest in child and youth community mental health through SickKids Foundation.

See the news release on SickKids.ca for more details.

About this Website

This website was been created to:

  • inform the community about the proposed integration;
  • engage key stakeholders during the integration process; and
  • update the broader community on our progress.

Since this site was launched in June 2016, we have addressed questions and comments sent to us via email and/or through the anonymous form directly and/or in the FAQ section of this website.