New Path Youth and Family Services Annual Report 2016-17
Greg Pope, Past Chair
Glen Newby, CEO
New Path is now into its 16th year of operations. Forming from the amalgamation of four child and youth mental health service providers across Simcoe in 2000, New Path emerged as a consolidated, youth-friendly organization that spans all of Simcoe County. The original vision of the amalgamation remains as true today as it did fifteen years ago. It is reflected in New Path’s mission to lead and inspire positive change, and to promote mental health and wellness for children, youth, and families and their communities through an innovative multi-service approach. We have continued this wonderful journey over the past year.
Inspiring and leading change has been clearly shown through the significant number of clients served at New Path. This last year saw more than 3,000 children and youth accessing the full range of core services, touching the lives of more than 6,500 family members. The vast majority reported improved mental health, improved relationships with family and peers, and improved school involvement and achievement. Through the adult services (Partner Assault Program and Violence Against Women) New Path saw close to 700 clients.
We are proud of the excellence of our programs offered to Simcoe County by our agency. These include Access and Intake, Targeted Prevention, Brief Services, Therapy and Counselling Services, Crisis Services, Family Capacity Building and Support, Specialized Assessment and Consultation, and Intensive Services. In addition, New Path provides Probation In-House Clinical Services, an Attendance Centre, and specialized treatment for adolescents that have sexually offended. New Path is also proud of its accessibility to all of Simcoe County with offices in Bradford, Cookstown, Alliston, Collingwood, Midland, Orillia, and two locations in Barrie.
This has been a year of transition for our Board at New Path Youth and Family Services as we embark on the new journey of responsibility as Lead Agency in Simcoe County. We would like to acknowledge the positive energy and drive that the Board has brought to all our meetings, to ensure we remain focused on our primary goal to provide children and youth, and their families, with the services they need. Once selected as Lead Agency, a major focus has been to further the collaborative process with our partner core agencies, both from an operations perspective but also through collaborative governance with their Boards. This process will cement our collective responsibility to help support the families of Simcoe County.
The backbone of New Path’s success is the grounding of all activities in the Core Values and principles of the organization. A synopsis of these Values and activities follows in this Annual Report. Our positive client outcomes and evaluative data, as well as the positive response from all of our key community partners serve as proxy for our successful clinical work. This, along with a long history of collaboration within the communities we serve, was a major factor in our successful application to become Lead Agency for child and youth mental health services in Simcoe County.
We thank each and every staff member for their commitment to quality services . . . we are truly making a difference in the mental health of our children and youth, and their families. We are also highly respected for our lean and efficient administrative services that continually manage to keep up with, and in most cases, are ahead of new administrative and legislative requirements. We embrace change and accept change as a catalyst for improvement. Much of this credit goes to our Administrative staff, Supervisors, Managers, and Program Directors who readily accept challenges.
We believe that New Path will ensure that Moving on Mental Health objectives are met in a truly collaborative and engaged manner with other core service providers and their governance bodies. New Path’s leadership in system transformation will ensure the very best possible configuration of services across the County, a system that removes barriers to access.
On behalf of all clients and their families, we sincerely appreciate the confidence from all of our funders and supporters. We are keenly sensitive to ensuring value for each and every tax payer dollar and every personal and business contributor to the mental health of children and families.
We would like to thank and acknowledge the incredible Youth Engagement leadership taken on by New Path and many of our youth. This fifth AGM, hosted and run by youth, is one of many examples. And of course, none of the past year’s accomplishments could have been realized without the commitment of the Board of Directors. We have a well rounded mix of individuals and expertise that gets better each year. The single most important attribute that continually stands out is the collective enthusiasm and dedication to New Path and the clients served.
And of course, as we have said many times before, a very special thank you goes to all of the children, youth and families who have allowed New Path to enter their lives during very difficult times. The partnerships, relationships, trust, and team work that you have allowed us to develop together with you is one of the major factors in your success. And that is ultimately the only result that really matters.