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Chantelle Mireault

1664 Ontario Street East
Montréal, Quebec
H2L 1S7

T (514) 890-8000 x 23224

F (514) 940-3337


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RIPAJ-Montréal/Homeless Youth Network, QC

The Réseau d’Intervention de Proximité Auprès des Jeunes de la rue (RIPAJ) aims to strengthen collaboration between community organizations and institutions in the health network in order to improve access to all mental health services for youth aged 12 to 25. RIPAJ is made up of organizations and specialized teams that have been working for many years with youth in very precarious situations in and around downtown Montreal. RIPAJ’s partners include youth workers and professionals whose expertise in the delivery of community services has been used in the creation of the ACCESS Open Minds model.



Emergency shelter, social housing with community support


Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal

La Maison Tangente

An auberge in the heart of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

Le Tournant

Improving the immediate living conditions of homeless youths


Providing low-cost, community-supported housing for youth at risk of homelessness

Les Habitations L'Escalier

Shelter to help troubled youths aged 18-30


Promoting the health and well-being of trans people


Community-Based Organization for the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections

Le CRDM Équipe Jeunesse

Montreal Addiction Rehabilitation Centre

Cirque Hors Piste

Promoting circus as a tool for social transformation

Clinic for homeless youth

Integrated university health and social services centres

Directorate of Youth Protection

Integrated university health and social services centres

Diners St-Louis

Day/evening centre, transitional housing for young people


Offer services adapted to the needs expressed by adults with serious and persistent mental health problems

En Marge 12-17

Emergency, short/medium-term, and social housing with community supports


Alternative peer intervention group, accompaniment. workshops, training, awareness, group and individual intervention

Maison St-Dominique

Social housing with community supports, specializing in mental health

Médecins du monde

Promote and defend access to health for all, both here and around the world


A place of refreshment for any young woman in need, without regard or judgment on her situation

Refuge des jeunes de Montréal

Emergency shelter, social housing with community support and day services

Spectre de rue

Supporting marginalized people towards social integration

Premier Arrêt - YMCA

Street work, accompaniment, prevention/raising awareness


Promote safe behaviours and egalitarian relationships and prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections

Carrefour jeunesse emploi - Plateau Mont-Royal

Supports for young people between 16 and 35 years old in their professional development

RIPAJ has been able to build the necessary bridges between the street, mental health and psychiatric services and the institutions and organizations involved to enable young people to achieve their life goals, i.e. to obtain a home and return to school or work in safe conditions. Regular administrative and clinical information-sharing meetings between the various stakeholders allow the establishment of a community of practice and the articulation of a common philosophy, while promoting a better knowledge of the partner organizations while respecting their particularities, so that there are no wrong doors to knock on to get help.

The originality of the ACCESS OM-RIPAJ project lies in the flexibility and mobility of the workers, who can travel to the home, the street, community organizations, in short, wherever the young people are. In addition to mental health professionals who are easily accessible on various RIPAJ sites, an “ACCESS OM clinician” can act as the first point of contact for them or any referring person. An initial assessment of the youth’s needs and mental health status is offered within 72 hours of the request. Youth can easily reach the ACCESS OM Clinician by telephone (438-390-6910), by text message or e-mail, directly or through a family member or counsellor, to meet her at a location of their choice. Assisted by members of the support team, the clinician will refer the youth to the services required by his or her situation or difficulties, to front-line or specialized services if necessary, and will accompany the youth’s progress, within RIPAJ and in the health network, until he or she obtains the required services.



  • Diane Aubin

    Psychologist & Site Lead

  • Amal Abdel-Baki

    Psychiatrist & Site Lead

  • Marie-Eve Dupont

    ACCESS Clinician

  • Camille Arbaud

    Research team member

  • Pat Bauco

    Research team member

  • Briana Cloutier

    Research team member

  • Romeo May

    Youth Advisory Committee Member

  • Chantelle Mireault

    Site Coordinator (Interim)

  • Nicolas

    Youth Advisory Committee Member

  • Genevieve

    Youth Advisory Committee Member

  • Kevin

    Youth Advisory Committee Member

  • Julie

    Youth Advisory Committee Member

  • Montreal Youth Homeless Network


  • RIPAJ participated in both Ministerial forums (Santé mentale adulte and santé mentale jeunesse) to inform the mental health action plan.

    View documents for the forum below:


  • A new summary of the transformation that took place within Montreal’s ACCESS OM RIPAJ network is now available! Available here.

    ACCESS Open Minds recently released a document summarizing a publication that came out in the Journal of Early intervention in Psychiatry. This resource entitled "Improving mental health services for homeless youth in downtown Montreal" examines the service transformation that took place within Montreal's ACCESS OM RIPAJ network.

  • Dr. Amal Abdel-Baki, a member of the ACCESS Open Minds RIPAJ team, featured on Télé-Québec

    Dr. Amal Abdel-Baki, a member of the ACCESS Open Minds RIPAJ team, collaborated with patients partners and Télé-Québec to produce a (french) documentary that explains psychosis. It's really worth watching as it combines clinical research with patient expertise to provide a holistic explanation of psychosis.

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