McGuinty government helping children

    Providing $250,000 To University of Toronto For Children's Dental

    TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing $250,000
in the University of Toronto's Paediatric Dentistry Anaesthesia Surgicentre to
enhance the quality of services provided to children with special dental needs
so they can get the treatment they need as quickly as possible, Minister of
Children and Youth Services Mary Anne Chambers said today.
    "Our government is demonstrating its commitment to helping children with
special needs and challenges," said Chambers. "Today's funding will help the
University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry enhance the quality of dental
services it provides to young children."
    Established by Paediatric Dentistry and Dental Anaesthesia at the
University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry, the Paediatric Dentistry
Anaesthesia Surgicentre serves young children who need dental care while under
deep sedation or general anaesthesia.
    "This funding will help us provide safe and efficient oral health for
approximately 20 children each month who require treatment under general
anaesthesia," said David Mock, dean of the University of Toronto's faculty of
dentistry. "Through this partnership with the province, we are able to ensure
access to appropriate dental services for more children."
    "This is a great initiative to help more children access dental care,"
said George Smitherman, MPP for Toronto Centre-Rosedale. "By treating children
while they are still young, we can help ensure healthier development as they
    Ontario's Budget 2007 includes additional investments that will benefit
children and youth with special needs and their families, including:

    -   $4 million more for Children's Treatment Centres, on top of $10
        million announced in the 2006 budget, increasing the government's
        total annual funding to these centres by approximately $30 million
        since 2003-04
    -   $24.5 million more annually to enhance mental health services for
        children and youth across the province, increasing funding for these
        services by approximately $80 million since 2003-04
    -   Increased funding to approximately $130 million, nearly tripling the
        support for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their
        families since 2003-04
    -   Expanding opportunity by providing more assistance to children in
        lower income families through the $2.1 billion Ontario Child Benefit.

    "Providing the necessary supports to children and their families is one
of the ways we are improving the quality of life of Ontarians," said Chambers.
"This surgicentre is an important part of a continuum of services that provide
to young people with special needs the help they need," said Chambers. "Our
government is committed to making services to young people more accessible,
better coordinated and more responsive to their needs."

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For further information:

For further information: Tricia Edgar, Minister's Office, (416)
212-7161, (416) 573-7728 (Cell); Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children
and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156

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