TORONTO, July 22, 2014 /CNW/ - The Final Report of the all-party Select
Committee on Developmental Services, Inclusion and Opportunity: A New Path for Developmental Services in
Ontario, is the culmination of an intensive process of consultations and
deliberations. The Committee was created in October 2013 and
immediately began its investigations. Over the months that followed,
the Committee heard from more than 140 presenters at 14 public hearings
across the province and received over 300 submissions.
The Committee's Interim Report, tabled in March 2014, summarized the hearings and discussed some of
the challenges experienced by persons with developmental disabilities
and their families. Above all, the Committee heard repeatedly that
individuals and families who need developmental services and supports
are in crisis. The Committee's members believe that everyone has the
right to full social inclusion, and to receive the services and
supports they need without delay. The Final Report makes 46 recommendations aimed at moving people out of crisis.
The members of the Committee over two sessions of parliament were: Mrs.
Laura Albanese (Chair), Ms. Christine Elliott (Vice-Chair), Mr. Bas
Balkissoon, Ms. Cheri DiNovo, Ms. Mitzie Hunter, Mr. Rod Jackson, Ms.
Sylvia Jones, Mr. Jack MacLaren, Ms. Cristina Martins, Miss Monique
Taylor, and Ms. Soo Wong.
The Committee's members came from all three of the province's political
parties. All volunteered to serve out of a commitment to addressing the
needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and/or a dual
diagnosis, and their families, across the province. The Committee
members worked together in a spirit of non-partisan collaboration and
The Committee's central recommendation is that a new Inter-Ministerial
Committee on Developmental Services (IMCDS) be created with the mandate
of implementing the recommendations in the Final Report. The Minister of Community and Social Services should be answerable for
the progress of the IMCDS and the implementation of the recommendations
in the Final Report. The IMCDS should also make regular progress reports to the Legislative
The first task of the IMCDS is to eliminate all waitlists for
developmental services and supports within 12 months.
Other key recommendations include
an integrated provincial strategy to build capacity and coordinate
services in primary and dental care for people with developmental
disabilities and/or a dual diagnosis through the lifespan, from early
diagnosis to geriatric care;
coordinated provincial strategies to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
Disorder (FASD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD);
programs to promote the employment of people with developmental
innovative housing solutions for people with developmental disabilities
and/or a dual diagnosis;
support for more locally-based programs and services especially in
northern, Aboriginal, and remote communities; and
the elimination of funding and service gaps that currently occur when a
young person leaves school or turns 18.
SOURCE: Legislative Assembly of Ontario
For further information:
Clerk of the Committee, Trevor Day, at 416-325-3509