Referrals | Ambulatory Services

Ambulatory Services

Referral Information

boy and momWho can receive this service?

Ambulatory Services provide support for children and teens up to age 17 who have complex mental health issues that seriously affect their daily lives. A referral is needed to receive Ambulatory Services.

What is the process for making a referral?

Referrals are made through an agency (listed below) that is specific to each city or region. These agencies will work with you to find the best services and solutions to meet the needs of the child/youth. They also provide information regarding services and supports for children and youth who have emotional, behavioural and/or developmental concerns.   

Who can make referrals to this service?

teenboyAnyone can call these agencies for information or to make a referral.

City of Hamilton

Referrals to Ambulatory Services are made through Contact Hamilton. Phone: 905-570-8888

Niagara Region

Referrals are made through Contact Niagara. Call 905-684-3407 or Toll Free: 1-800-933-3617

Haldimand and Norfolk

Referrals are made through Contact Haldimand -Norfolk. Phone 1-800-265-8087 ext. 350


Referrals are made through Contact Brant. Phone: (519) 758-8228


Referrals are made through  Rock (Reach Out Centre for Kids)– Phone (905) 634-2347.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, please contact our Central Referral office at 905 521-2100 ext. 74382

hands touchingPsychiatric Consultation and Assessment

Psychiatric Consultation and Assessment is part of the Ambulatory Services provided by the Child and Youth Mental Health Program.  This service provides a one-time appointment with a psychiatrist for diagnostic clarification, medication review, and treatment recommendations through a shared care model with family physicians and pediatricians.

Follow up appointments are provided as necessary.

Referral Process for Psychiatric Consultation and Assessment:

• Referrals require physician support (including physician signature)

• Referrals must be made in writing, directed to the CYMHP Central Referral office via mail or fax

• Referrals can be made using the program referral form (posted on the right)

• Referral information is sorted and prioritized by the Central Referral team

• Families are contacted directly to offer appointments

Referrals can be forwarded to McMaster Children’s Hospital, Child and Youth Mental Health Program:

Fax:  905 521-7938 

Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre 
237 Barton Street East 
Hamilton, ON 
L8L 2X2

Associated Files

Ambulatory Patient Referral

Ambulatory Patient Referral