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FITT Clinic

First Intervention Treatment Team

General Information

General Information

The First Intervention Treatment Team (FITT) is an early psychosis intervention program for youth living in Scarborough.

Program goals include:

  • Reducing the duration of untreated psychosis
  • Minimizing the disruption in the lives of adolescents and young adults so that they can reintegrate and maintain school, work and other roles.
  • Minimize the societal impact of psychosis and reducing disruption in the lives of families

Our team includes psychiatrists, social workers, a child and youth counsellor, registered nurse (RN) and an occupational therapist. 

Clients who meet the criteria for early psychosis intervention (EPI), will be able to receive services for up to three years.

Clients who participate in the EPI program are often able to reintegrate back to work and school as well as maintain their social relationships. Families are given support and information so they can help their loved one.


What we offer

We offer the following services:

  • Comprehensive client assessment
  •  A team approach to case management/care coordination
  • Ongoing psychiatric/medical assessment and treatment
  • Assistance with co-morbid conditions ie: substance use
  • Client and family education
  • Support and counselling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Supportive psychotherapy
  • Relapse prevention

Clients meet with their case managers on a regular basis to identify goals and work towards them. Services are offered either in person or virtually.

A variety of therapeutic and recreational groups are offered. These groups are either in person or virtual.

Clients are referred to community services such as housing, employment, alternative schooling and financial services.  

How to Access Care

Intake process 

Clients referred to the program are contacted by telephone within 72 hours. An intake appointment is scheduled within 2 weeks. The intake worker will give you information about the program and help you decide if it is right for you.

Inclusion criteria

Clients between the ages of 14 and 35 who are experiencing symptoms of psychosis and have received either no treatment or six months or less treatment for psychosis.

Clients must live in Scarborough and have an M1 postal code.

Referral forms

We require a physician’s referral. We accept referrals from family doctors, walk-in clinics and psychiatrists. Fees are covered by OHIP.

Ocean e-referral

We are now accepting Ocean eReferrals! For additional information, please email your Ontario Health East Deployment Team at contact@ereferralontarioeast.ca

SHN, the Scarborough Ontario Health Team (SOHT), and Scarborough Family Physicians Network (SFPN) are working together to support healthcare providers in our community who may be interested in onboarding onto Ocean. Get started by completing the Ontario Health East online form.

PDF Referrals

Completed referrals should be faxed to 416-281-7465 or emailed to shonikerclinic@shn.ca

Referral can also be made through EPIC, our clinical information system.  

Contact Us

Scarborough Health Network
Shoniker Clinic
2877 Ellesmere Road
Email: shonikerclinic@shn.ca

Call for appointment inquiries: 416-431-8167
Call for general inquiries: 416-281-7301
Fax referral forms: 416-281-7465
Fax non-referral forms: 437-780-5562