The current children’s rehabilitation service landscape in Ontario is complex and involves multiple sectors and service providers. In response to feedback received directly from families, the provincial government is making changes to improve the delivery of school-based rehabilitation services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology) for children and youth from birth to school exit. These changes will support a more seamless service experience as children start school or move between service providers, in settings that best meet their needs, regardless of where they live or who delivers the services. A goal is that children who are currently receiving services before school entry will not experience gaps or be placed on additional wait lists when they start school.
A key step is the transfer of contact management for the delivery of school-based rehabilitation services in publicly-funded schools from the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) – formerly Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) – to Children’s Treatment Centres (CTCs) in Ontario. Targeted for January 2019, in Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington, KidsAbility will now manage this contract working with existing service providers in our community.
Over the past number of months, KidsAbility has been working closely together with the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN), all District School Boards and the service providers organizations to do everything we can to ensure students will not experience gaps or disruptions during the 2018-19 school year as a result of this transfer. In Waterloo Region, School Based Rehabilitation Services will continue to be provided by Saint Elizabeth and in Guelph-Wellington by CBI Health Group. This contract is in place until December 31, 2019. Children and youth and their families will continue to receive these services through their current service provider for this time period.
Naturally, you may have some questions around next steps and resources available for your child and family. We will continue to keep you informed as we work together to implement improvements to family-centred and integrated services in Ontario.
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