McGuinty government providing more assistance for children and youth with special needs in Durham Region



    Investments To Help More Children and Youth Succeed

    OSHAWA, ON, April 26 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is providing more
services to more children and youth with special needs in Durham Region
through additional investments in the Grandview Children's Centre, Minister of
Children and Youth Services Mary Anne Chambers announced today.
    "Children's treatment centres are an important part of the continuum of
services that provide young people with disabilities the best opportunities to
succeed," said Chambers. "Our government is committed to providing children
and youth with a range of complex special needs, the support they need to not
only reach their potential but realize their dreams just like other children
and youth."
    The Grandview Children's Centre, which received $329,500 in capital
funding from the ministry in 2006-07, will receive an additional $221,200 in
2007-08, an approximate five per cent increase over last year. The new funding
is part of an additional $4 million annual investment in children's treatment
centres across the province that will benefit 2,200 children and youth. The
government's total annual funding to these centres will have increased by
nearly $30 million between 2003-04 and 2007-08.
    Children's treatment centres are community-based organizations that
provide about 45,000 children annually with services such as physiotherapy,
occupational therapy and speech language pathology. A variety of other
services and clinics are provided depending on local needs and the mix of
other providers in each community.
    "It is truly a pleasure to welcome Minister Chambers to Grandview
Children's Centre today. We are delighted with the additional investment in
children's treatment services, especially here in Durham Region with a growing
population of young families," said Vicky Earle, Executive Director of
Grandview Children's Centre. "This additional investment will provide services
for 28 more children with disabilities this year."
    The ministry is also providing an additional $658,975 in 2007-08 to eight
agencies to enhance services to children and youth with mental health
disorders and social and behavioural problems in Durham Region. This new
funding, a five per cent increase over last year, is part of an additional
$24.5 million annual investment to address gaps in local mental health service
needs and reduce wait times.
    These investments build on the many ways the McGuinty government is
helping children and youth with special needs and their families. Since 2003,
the government has:

    
    -   Increased funding for autism services to approximately $130 million,
        nearly tripling the support for children with autism spectrum
        disorders (ASD) and their families since 2003-04, as well as supports
        for more teachers, therapists and coordinators
    -   Built on its previous investments in more than 260 child and youth
        mental health centres and 17 hospital-based outpatient programs. As
        of this year, the government will have increased funding for these
        services by nearly $80 million since 2003-04.
    -   Launched Akwe:go, a community-based program that provides urban
        Aboriginal children and youth with the support, tools and activities
        needed to make healthy choices
    -   Opened One Kids Place in North Bay and the Children's Treatment
        Network of Simcoe York so children and youth with special needs can
        access services closer to home
    -   Passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005,
        to break down barriers and help people with disabilities, including
        children and youth, to reach their full potential.
    

    "Our government is working hard on many fronts to make a real difference
for our province's most vulnerable young people and to respond sooner to their
families' needs," said Chambers.

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    SUPPORTING CHILDREN'S TREATMENT CENTRES

    In 2007-08, the Ontario government is investing an additional $4 million
in 20 children's treatment centres across the province to help make services
more accessible, better coordinated and more responsive to the needs of
children, youth and their families. This new funding will provide more
services that will benefit approximately 2,200 children and youth with special
needs and is in addition to the $10 million announced in the 2006 Ontario
Budget that provided services to approximately 4,800 more children and youth.
    The Grandview Children's Centre, which received $329,500 in capital
funding from the ministry in 2006-07, will receive an additional $221,200 in
2007-08, an approximate five per cent increase over last year.
    Children's treatment centres are community-based organizations designed
to meet the diverse needs of children and youth with special needs. Children
and youth with special needs have varying needs associated with a number of
conditions such as physical, intellectual and development disabilities, and
chronic or severe illness. This includes young people with neurological
disorders, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, behavioural concerns and mental
illness.
    Children's treatment centres provide a wide range of communication and
life skills services, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech
language pathology, to approximately 45,000 young people each year. A variety
of other services and clinics are provided depending on local needs and the
mix of other providers in each community.

    STRENGTHENING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

    In 2007-08, the Ontario government is investing an additional $24.5
million to address gaps in local mental health service needs and reduce wait
times. This new funding will be shared in three ways among community-based
organizations that provide services to children and youth with social and
behavioural problems and mental health disorders, some of whom may have other
special needs such as autism spectrum disorders:

    
    -   A five per cent increase in base annual funding to child and youth
        mental health agencies across the province, totaling $18 million, to
        reduce wait times and help address cost pressures
    -   $4.5 million in regional annual allocations to address community
        priorities based on the ministry's new Policy Framework for Child and
        Youth Mental Health; investment decisions will be made through a
        collaborative, community-based process
    -   $2 million annually that would enable agencies to provide immediate
        children's mental health support when a local community is faced with
        an extraordinary crisis or circumstance.
    

    The province has also increased funding for autism services to
approximately $130 million, nearly tripling the support for children with
autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families since 2003-04.

    
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    Central East Region Agency: Durham Region               5% base increase
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    Frontenac Youth Services                                        $169,686
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    Lakeridge Health Corporation                                    $ 18,113
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    Kinark Child and Family Services                                $196,472
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    Resources for Exceptional Children                              $183,911
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    Fernie House Incorporated                                       $ 14,862
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    John Howard Society of Durham Region                            $ 34,231
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    Durham Family Court Clinic                                      $  5,700
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    Chimo Youth and Family Services Inc.                            $ 36,000
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    The Ministry's Central East Region is also receiving $858,700 in regional
annual allocations as part of the $4.5 million to address community
priorities.

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                           www.children.gov.on.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Tricia Edgar, Minister's Office, Ministry of
Children and Youth Services, (416) 212-7161, (416) 571-7247 (Cell); Anne
Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156

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