Clinical Mandate

The mandate and purpose of the clinical program at Kennedy House is to attend to the individual needs of the resident in care. This is done by stabilizing the resident’s presenting behaviour and working towards a resolution of past identified difficulties and developing new coping skills. The long term goal of the programs is to return the resident to the community with established and internalized coping abilities and the life skills required for them to lead a productive life in society.


  • To ensure safety and compassion of all youth placed within Kennedy House;
  • To institute the standards, guidelines, mandates and philosophy of the CYFSA (Child, Youth and Family Services Act), YCJA (Youth Criminal Justice Act) and all other relevant legislation;
  • To provide proficient programming to young persons;
  • To work in co-operation with the Children’s Aid Society, community agencies and governing ministries to maintain high quality and effective service to youth;
  • To provide an open referral system that allows for a prompt response to immediate needs of referring individuals and agencies;
  • To incorporate individualized plans into the offered programs; and
  • To provide gender specific programming to all clients.