Transition of School-Based Rehabilitation Services in Publicly-Funded Schools

The Government of Ontario is committed to providing children and youth with special needs the help they need to participate fully at home, school and in the community. In response to feedback received from families, the government is working closely with local service providers to improve the delivery of school-based rehabilitation services. These improvements 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 key step towards building a seamless and integrated continuum of child-centred services and supports is consolidating responsibility for provision of services within agencies focused on the needs of children and youth with special needs and their families. As part of this work, responsibility for the delivery of school-based rehabilitation services (speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy) in publicly-funded schools is being transferred from Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to Children’s Treatment Centres (CTCs) beginning in fall 2018, with full provincial implementation targeted for January 2019.

The North East Local Health Integration Network is transferring its school-based rehabilitation services (speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy) in publicly-funded schools to One Kids Place Children’s Treatment Centre on December 3rd, 2018. Students (or their parents or guardians), whose school-based rehabilitation services are transferring, will be sent a notification by mail.

LHINs continue to be responsible for the delivery of other services students may be receiving at school and/or at home.

Service providers in your community are working closely together so that students should not experience any disruptions in their service as a result of this transfer. Children currently waitlisted for service will not lose their place on the wait list.

How Can I Get More Information?

For more information or questions about this change, please contact One Kids Place Children’s Treatment Centre by calling 705-476-5437 or 1-866-626-9100 and asking to speak with Pamela White-Rivet, Program Manager, at extension 3859.

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