Overview of Non-mandated Services Provided by Weechi-it-te-win

Services offered within the Nanaandawewenin Team at Weechi-it-te-win are primarily non-mandated or voluntary services.

1. Devolved Programs and Services

Weechi-it-te-win Family Services funds 2 non-mandated positions in each of the ten (10) First Nations through our model of devolution.  Services are de-centralized and are carried out directly by the First Nations as agreed upon through a Service Agreement.  These two positions are the Family Service Worker and the Family Counsellor. 

In 2015, Weechi-it-te-win devolved a new child welfare position titled “Family Preservation Worker”.  The Family Preservation Worker program is an instrumental position to each team in reuniting families or providing intensive support to strengthen families that are “at risk” of further child welfare intervention.   

2. Clinical Services Coordination

The Clinical Services Coordinator is responsible for administering all psychological services for Weechi-it-te-win Family Services.  Referrals for psychological, psychometric, psycho-educational, developmental, FASD, and parenting capacity assessments are coordinated through this program. 

The Clinical Services Coordinator is also responsible for building clinical and bi-cultural capacity for First Nation Family Counsellors, Family Preservation Workers and WFS personnel.  Various accredited clinical training opportunities are provided each fiscal year, as well as information sessions, networking sessions (peer supervision), program consults with Dr. Peter Braunberger, and cultural teaching/skill building sessions.  Some trainings are provided directly by the Clinical Services Coordinator and other trainings are contracted through various organizations, professionals, and traditional knowledge keepers.

The Clinical Services Coordinator serves a lead for WFS Crisis Response Services.  It the responsibility of the Clinical Services Coordinator to implement Weechi-it-te-win’s Crisis Response Policy and manage WFS resources through ongoing consultation with the community requesting this service.

3. Tele-mental Health Program

Weechi-it-te-win Family Services is the Aboriginal Tele-Mental Health Service Coordinating Agency for the First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Aboriginal communities in Service Area 6.  Weechi-it-te-win is the Coordinating Agency for all Community-Based Aboriginal Mental Health Service Providers in this area.  The area covers approximately 800,000 km2 of beautiful northwest and northeast Ontario from the U.S. Border of the Kenora/Rainy River Districts, and northward to Fort Albany, Moosonee, and Timmins in the Cochrane District.

We are able to provide access to specialized mental health consults to children and youth using videoconferencing on the Ontario Tele-Medicine Network and Keewaytinook Okimakinak eHealth.  We connect children and youth to a specialists from one of three (3) Hubs; The Hospital for Sick Children, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, or the Child and Parent Resource Institute who can address their issues.  Weechi-it-te-win’s Tele-mental Health Program is child and youth centered and sensitive to the social, linguistic, and cultural diversity of the families in the northern communities.  The Tele-mental Health program is a cost-effective program as children, families, and workers no longer have to pay high costs or travel hundreds of miles to consult with a psychiatrist.   

4. Children’s Mental Health 0-18

The Children’s Mental Health Program provides quick access to brief interventions, support and services.   Service for children and youth 0-18 is delivered through group-based interventions, prevention programming, and brief interventions and/or therapy services to children and families in need of immediate support.

The Children’s Mental Health Program offers specialized programming in the areas of child development, personal safety, sexual abuse prevention, domestic violence intervention, bullying, suicide prevention and intervention and self- esteem

Additional programming is available in the areas of traditional child rearing, parenting/parent support, coping and healthy relationship skills, as well as, play-based activities to promote parent and child engagement and attachment, child development support and grief recovery programs.

Children’s Mental Health provides brief services (1 to 12) sessions for children in care and/or their families/caregivers. 

5. Youth in Transition Program

The goal of the Youth-in-Transition (YIT) Program is to provide further support to our youth as they make a successful transition out of the child welfare system into adulthood. The YIT Worker will assist eligible youth in creating a client service plan, outlining their goals, identifying their strengths, and determining which resources and supports are needed to ensure success in adulthood.

The Youth in Transition Program offers individual ongoing support to children in care or youth who are on Extended Care Maintenance ages 15-25.  This program also offers skill building and educational programming to all youth within this age group to ensure all youth have the skills and knowledge necessary to navigating the system as adults.

Resources and Supports may include:

  • Life Skills – budgeting, household management, communication skills
  • Housing Support – resources, applications
  • Educational Resources – funding, applications
  • Employment & Training Resources – resume writing, interview skills, job entry training
  • Assist with the process for disability services (DSO)

6. WFS Main Office Family Counselling Unit

The WFS Family Counsellor program does not duplicate services being provided at each of the 10 First Nations.  This program is in no way meant to replace the Family Counsellor program that is funded at the community.  The primary duties of the WFS Family Counsellors are to provide counselling and/or services to children with multiple and/or complex needs and their families.  Children in care that are currently presenting a need for treatment can also be referred to WFS Family Counsellors. 

7. Ganawendaasowin Programs

The Ganawendaasowin Program encompass a continuum of care beginning with pre-treatment, assessment and stabilization, 90 day residential treatment program, and aftercare for adolescents ages 12 to 17 who are experiencing problems with substance abuse, mental health, or behavioral concerns.  The Ganawendaasowin Assessment Program is a 3 bed - 30 day stabilization unit located at 601 Victoria Avenue in Fort Frances.  The Ganawendaasowin Treatment Program GTP is a 9 bed - 90 day treatment programming for youth located at 71 McTavish Road, 6 miles west of Fort Frances.  Ganawendaasowin programs offer treatment beds for youth who are not in care but require treatment.

8. Cultural Coordinator

The Cultural Coordinator provides coordination of cultural events, ceremonies, and teachings that may be required by the program at Weechi-it-te-win or the First Nations.  The Cultural Coordinator provides cultural support to each of the WFS programs as well as various programs and events within the First Nations.  The Cultural Coordinator is responsible to care for Weechi-it-te-win’s sacred items on a daily basis.


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