Ministry of Community, Children and Social Services Update

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Ontario is Working Towards a Needs-Based and Sustainable Autism Program

On July 29, 2019, the Hon. Todd Smith, Minister of Community Children and Social Services, announced that the province is expanding the scope of the Autism Advisory Panel to provide advice on what a new needs-based and sustainable autism program would look like. To facilitate that work, Ontario is extending existing behaviour plans and continuing to bring children off the waitlist to ensure continuity of service for families. The minister also announced the steps Ontario is taking to provide continuity of service while providing the necessary time to design a new needs-based autism program by April 2020.

For more information about this announcement, please read the Ministry’s press release. We appreciate that changes to this program have a significant impact on many of the children, youth and families CTN and our network partners work with. At this point, we don’t have further details about changes to the program, but will share information as it becomes available. We encourage clients and families to continue to stay updated on what is happening with the Ministry via their website and speak with their service providers.

For information on community supports and services, please connect with CTN via our ACCESS team at 1-866-377-0286.