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A Change in the Delivery of School Based Rehabilitation Services

NEO Kids Children's Treatment Centre Assumes Management of Referrals and Waitlist

The Government of Ontario launched the Special Needs Strategy (SNS) to improve the timeliness, effectiveness, and coordination of services that children and youth with special needs require to fully participate at home, at school, and in the community, and to achieve their goals for adulthood. A key initiative under the Strategy is the Integrated Delivery of Rehabilitation Services, specifically seamless delivery of speech-language pathology (SLP), occupational therapy (OT), and physiotherapy (PT) service provision for children from birth to school exit.

The ministries of Children and Youth Services (MCYS), Education (EDU), and Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) have been working with Steering Committees across the province to develop local proposals for integrating services in their communities. Given the complexity of transformation to an integrated rehabilitation service system, the government is taking a phased approach to implementation moving forward, collaborating with education and community sector partners to implement changes that will better support children’s development and rehabilitation needs, and make it easier to access services.

NEO Kids Children’s Treatment Centre has a long history of working with the North East LHIN to deliver school-based rehabilitation services including OT, PT, and SLP in publicly-funded schools in the Sudbury Area. As a result, during phase one of the move to an integrated rehabilitation service system, NEO Kids CTC will continue to deliver these services and will assume the management of services from the NE LHIN, namely management of referrals and the waitlist. 

The ministries have been working closely with LHINs, CTCs and provincial service provider associations towards smooth transfers of contract management for school-based rehabilitation services from LHINs to CTCs. Locally, NEO Kids Children’s Treatment Centre at Health Sciences North and the North East LHIN’s goal is to have the contract transition on December 3rd, 2018.  Our shared goal is to make the transition as seamless as possible for children and families. 

It is important to note that children currently receiving services will continue to receive services. Families currently waiting for services will maintain their place on waitlists. Any future changes will occur so that students who require school-based rehabilitation services will not experience gaps in service.

In Preparation for transition the NE LHIN will accept referrals until December 2, 2018.  Any referrals coming into the NE LHIN after November 16th will be forwarded to the local CTC to make contact following the December 3rd, 2018 transition date.  

Service providers, provincial associations, and the ministries are committed to working together towards implementation of the integrated delivery of rehabilitation services and getting it right for children and youth with special needs and their families.

We look forward to working more closely with the local boards in the provision of School Based Rehabilitation Services. Our hope is that the children and youth will continue to receive a quality service and that together we work towards making improvements  to make it even better. 

Questions about your child's services as of December 3rd can be directed to our intake person , Candice Fotty at 705-523-7210 ext 1428. 

Joanne Tramontini, MSW, RSW

Clinical Manager/Directrice clinique 

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Posted: Nov 24, 2018,
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