New funding for developmentally disabled

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - Reena, a non-profit agency, supporting people
with developmental disabilities in the community, welcomes the McGuinty
Government's investment of $200 million over four years and $7 million in new
capital funding in our sector. Reena supports close to 1000 individuals in its
many programs. "This new funding will go a long way to ensuring parents that
their children will have quality supports and to relieving the pressure on
individuals, families and those who work to support them" said Carolynn
Morrison, a parent of an adult child with developmental disabilities, and
immediate past chair of Reena.
    At a time when the developmental disabilities sector is facing many
challenges, the new funding will help agencies like Reena respond to the needs
of individuals who are currently without support, increase specialized
services to help people with developmental disabilities and strengthen the
capacity of community agencies to deliver services. The additional funding
will also help Reena and other agencies, to attract and retain the necessary
qualified staff.
    The announcement of new funding demonstrates the Ontario Government's
acknowledgement of the critical needs of the developmental disabilities
sector. We look forward to continuing to work with the government and
determine how best to assign the $200 million. It is our hope that a major
portion of the funds will be received in the very near future to provide
immediate relief.

For further information:

For further information: Minnie Ross, Manager, Communications, (905)
763-8254, ext 3024

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