McGuinty Government Helping Vulnerable Children

    Providing $1.5 Million To York Centre For Children, Youth And Families

    RICHMOND HILL, ON, April 2 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing
$1.5 million in York Centre for Children, Youth and Families to enhance the
quality of services so young people with special needs can achieve the best
possible outcomes and succeed in life, Minister of Children and Youth Services
Mary Anne Chambers said today.
    "Our government is demonstrating its commitment to helping children and
youth with special needs, including mental health challenges and autism
spectrum disorders, so that they can have the opportunity to achieve their
potential like other children and youth," said Chambers. "We believe it is
important for children and their families to access supports and services as
close to home as possible. This funding will help York Centre for Children,
Youth and Families enhance the services it provides to children, youth and
families in this region."
    York Centre for Children, Youth and Families is an accredited child and
youth mental health centre that provides non-residential day treatment
programs, intensive mental health services and family counselling, as well as
services in schools and communities in York Region. The centre has strong
working partnerships and affiliations throughout the region, including
developmental agencies, hospitals, public health and school boards.
    "York Centre for Children, Youth and Families has a long tradition of
serving families and young people in this region," said Noreen Lee, chair of
the board of directors. "This investment provides the potential for increased
capacity to serve more children and shorter wait periods for services in York

    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 nearly $30 million since
    -   $8 million more for child and youth mental health to address gaps in
        local service needs and reduce wait times, increasing funding for
        these services by nearly $80 million since 2003-04
    -   Increased funding to nearly $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.

    "Agencies like York Centre are an important part of a continuum of
services that help provide young people with special needs the opportunities
to reach their full potential," said Chambers. "Our government is committed to
helping families whose children and youth have special needs and to making
services more accessible, better coordinated and more responsive to the needs
of children, youth and their families."

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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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