Ontario Government Taking Action to Reduce Wait Times and Improve Services: Ontario is reducing wait times and improving how families of children and youth with special needs access the services they need, as close to home as possible.
With support from the province, up to an additional 1,300 children and youth served by Ontario’s children’s treatment centres will receive improved access to rehabilitative services, such as physical, occupational and speech therapy. The Ontario government is committed to expanding access to integrated rehabilitation services in full-day kindergarten classrooms by building on pilot programs.
More young people with autism will also benefit from improved access to Intensive Behavioural Intervention therapy, which helps decrease challenging behaviours, increase appropriate behaviours and promote development.
Improving access to services for children and youth with special needs and their families is part of the Ontario government’s efforts to build a fair society for the benefit of all and help people with their everyday lives.
- Ontario is increasing annual funding to children’s rehabilitation centres by $5 million to reduce wait times and improve access to services.
- Ontario funds 21 children’s treatment centres across the province, providing service to more than 64,000 kids a year.
- Ontario is also helping five northern children’s treatment centres improve their information systems so they can serve kids and families better.
- These new supports are the first step in responding to recommendations from Tracy MacCharles, the former Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth Services, on how to improve families’ experience finding information, navigating the system and transitioning from child and youth to adult services.
Ministry of Children and Youth Services, August 13, 2013