A New Direction for Sancta Maria House

Strides Toronto, the Lead Agency for Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health, in partnership with the Board of Directors of Sancta Maria House, would like to share with you that Sancta Maria House will be closing its live-in treatment services on March 30, 2022.

Over the last three years, Toronto has seen declining demand for live-in treatment services. Throughout the pandemic the vacancy levels have been more pronounced. Live-in treatment will continue to be available through other agencies in Toronto and remains a priority for children and youth whose home life and living circumstances are a barrier to receiving effective treatment.

While demand for live-in treatment has declined, demand for mental health services that do not require absence from home has increased. This change reflects the growing desire of families and youth to receive more of their mental health services in their communities. Sancta Maria’s existing child and youth mental health funding from the Ministry of Health will be reinvested into other Toronto-based, client-centred treatment services to continue to meet the needs of youth with complex mental health concerns and their families. This funding will expand service capacity and improve access to mental health services that do not require overnight stays. 

Over the last 60 years, Sancta Maria House has helped transform the lives of at-risk young women in Toronto. So many of the young women have had mental and emotional scars and needed safety, security and compassion. We always did our best to provide a safe harbor and a solid foundation for the women at Sancta Maria House. It has been an honour and a privilege to have served the many women we have had come through our doors