OAP Workshop Series

 

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To Register for the Antecedents & Prevention Strategies: The “A” in ABC Workshop* on Tuesday, February 13th, please click here.

*Pre-Requisite: Behaviour Basics: The “B” in ABC

To Register for the Consequences: The “C” in ABC Workshop* on Wednesday, February 28th, please click here.

*Pre-Requisite: Behaviour Basics: The “B” in ABC

 

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Woodview News: Autumn 2017

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Letter to Parents from Minister Coteau

Letter to Parents with Children and Youth with Autism from Minister Coteau

 

This letter was originally posted on the MCYS website. To view a French version of the letter, please click here.

 


Letter to families currently receiving $8,000 and $10,000 payments

Dear parents, families and caregivers in our autism community:

It’s my pleasure to connect with you as we prepare to close the calendar year.

Earlier this year, in June, I announced the new Ontario Autism Program (also known as the OAP). This new program is the result of the hard work and passion of many dedicated families, stakeholders, service providers, advocates, professionals and other experts. The changes introduced in June were focused on providing child, youth and family-centred services that offer families choice, confidence and consistency in the services they receive.

I am writing today to provide you with an update regarding one of these principles—choice. Back in May, I committed that a direct funding option would be available in the new program by the end of this year. I am pleased to say that we have met this commitment and a direct funding option for evidence-based behavioural services will be implemented as part of the OAP.

I would like to thank you for your patience as the ministry has worked to design this option. I want you to have confidence that the new OAP puts the needs of children, youth and families first.

Beginning in the new year, you will be welcomed into the OAP with the choice of either receiving funding to purchase evidence-based behavioural services for your child or youth, or receiving services offered through one of Ontario’s regional providers. I encourage you to work with your existing providers as well as your regional provider to ask questions and discuss next steps for your family. Regardless of which service option you choose, you can expect to be supported with the information you need so that you and your child experience a smooth entry to the OAP. To enable a smooth transition, families currently receiving $8,000 and $10,000 payments may continue accessing these payments until March 31, 2018.

If you have any questions or would like more information, I invite you to visit ontario.ca/autism, and/or contact your regional provider.

I will continue to engage with families, caregivers, advocates, clinicians and providers to listen and hear about your experiences. I invite any of you who would like to share your feedback and hear the experiences of other families across Ontario to join my two upcoming tele-town halls.

The first session is on January 11, 2018, at 7 p.m. and the second will take place on January 17, 2018, at 7 p.m. Further details will be provided shortly.

Ontario is transforming the way that children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their families, receive services and supports through the new OAP. I thank you for the invaluable guidance and, most importantly, advocacy for your children. You have contributed greatly to shaping a program that will ultimately help young people with ASD reach their full potential and succeed.

Sincerely,

Michael Coteau
Minister


Chers parents, familles et fournisseurs de soins de notre communauté de l’autisme:

C’est un plaisir pour moi de m’adresser à vous pendant que nous nous préparons à terminer l’année civile.

Plus tôt cette année, au mois de juin, j’ai annoncé la venue du nouveau Programme ontarien des services en matière d’autisme (également appelé le POSA). Ce nouveau programme est le fruit du dur labeur et de la passion d’un nombre important de familles, d’intervenantes et intervenants, de fournisseurs de services, de défenseurs des droits, de professionnelles et professionnels et d’autres experts dévoués. Les changements apportés en juin visaient principalement à offrir des services axés sur les enfants, les jeunes et les familles qui procurent à ces dernières un choix, une uniformité ainsi qu’une confiance à l’égard des services qu’elles reçoivent.

Je vous écris aujourd’hui afin de faire le point avec vous sur l’un de ces principes : le choix. Je me suis engagé, au mois de mai, à ce qu’une option de financement direct soit offerte dans le cadre du Programme d’ici la fin de la présente année. Je suis heureux d’affirmer que nous avons respecté cet engagement et qu’une option de financement direct destiné à des services comportementaux fondés sur des données probantes sera intégrée au POSA.

J’aimerais vous remercier de votre patience pendant que le Ministère travaillait à la conception de cette option. Je peux vous assurer que le nouveau POSA accorde la
priorité aux besoins des enfants, des jeunes et des familles.

Au début de la prochaine année, vous serez accueillis dans le POSA en ayant le choix de recevoir un financement afin de vous procurer des services comportementaux fondés sur des données probantes pour votre enfant ou votre jeune ou de recevoir des services offerts par l’un des fournisseurs régionaux de l’Ontario. Je vous encourage à collaborer avec vos fournisseurs actuels, ainsi qu’avec votre fournisseur régional, afin de poser des questions et de discuter des prochaines étapes concernant votre famille. Peu importe l’option de service que vous choisirez, vous pouvez vous attendre à être accompagnés en recevant les renseignements qu’il vous faut afin que vous puissiez adhérer au POSA avec votre enfant en douceur. Afin de permettre une transition harmonieuse, les familles qui reçoivent actuellement des paiements de 8 000 $ et de 10 000 $ pourront continuer d’y avoir accès jusqu’au 31 mars 2018.

Si vous avez des questions ou si vous aimeriez avoir plus de renseignements, je vous invite à visiter le site ontario.ca/autisme et/ou à communiquer avec votre fournisseur régional du POSA.

Je continuerai de m’entretenir avec les familles, les fournisseurs de soins, les défenseurs des droits, les cliniciennes et cliniciens et les fournisseurs afin d’écouter et
d’entendre vos expériences. J’invite toutes les personnes qui aimeraient partager leurs impressions et entendre les expériences vécues par d’autres familles de l’Ontario à se joindre à moi à l’occasion de mes deux téléconférences publiques à venir.

La première séance se tiendra le 11 janvier 2018 à 19 h tandis que la deuxième aura lieu le 17 janvier 2018 à 19 h. D’autres détails seront communiqués sous peu.

L’Ontario transforme la façon dont les enfants et les jeunes qui sont atteints d’un trouble du spectre de l’autisme et leur famille reçoivent des services et des soutiens grâce au nouveau POSA. Je vous remercie de vos conseils inestimables et, surtout, de défendre les droits de vos enfants. Vous avez contribué de manière importante à façonner un programme qui, en bout de ligne, aidera les jeunes atteints d’un TSA à donner leur pleine mesure et à réussir.

Veuillez agréer l’expression de mes meilleurs sentiments.

Michael Coteau
Ministre

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Ontario Autism Program News Release

Posted by on Friday, December 8, 2017 ·  

 

News Release originally posted on the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ Website

Providing More Choice for Families in the Ontario Autism Program

Ontario Introducing a New Direct Funding Option and Additional Supports

Ontario is providing families of children and youth with autism with choice, consistency and confidence in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) by introducing a direct funding option for evidence-based behavioural services, and making program enhancements that will deliver effective services.

The new direct funding option will provide families in the OAP with the choice of receiving direct funding to purchase evidence-based behavioural services for their child or youth, or service through one of Ontario’s regional providers.

Ontario has been working closely with the community so that the needs of children, youth, and families are put first. Building on the foundation of the OAP that was introduced in June 2017, beginning on January 15, 2018, the province will:

  • Increase the maximum hourly rate for evidence-based behavioural services purchased through the OAP from $39 per hour to a maximum of up to $55 per hour, for families who choose the direct funding option.
  • Communicate new qualifications for clinical supervisors that will be phased in over time so that families feel confident that they are receiving consistent, high-quality behavioural services. This will be accompanied by the creation of an OAP provider list that will be implemented in 2018 to help families select a qualified OAP service provider.
  • Implement an Independent Clinical Review Process to give families in the OAP the opportunity to request a review of key components of their child or youth’s OAP behaviour plan by a team that includes two clinicians and a family representative, in the event that they have concerns with any clinical decisions.
  • Change accountability and clinical oversight for behavioural services. Clinical supervisors will be accountable for OAP behaviour plans. Direct service providers will no longer provide clinical oversight for evidence-based behavioural services delivered through the direct funding option.
  • Introduce a quality assurance review process in spring 2018 in which OAP behaviour plans for both direct funding and direct service options, will be assessed by a team of third-party clinical reviewers.

Ontario is committed to supporting families of children and youth with autism to enter the program as seamlessly and smoothly as possible. Families already receiving services through transitional direct funding payments will experience no gaps in services as the direct funding option becomes available.

Supporting children and youth with autism and their families is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Families are encouraged to contact their regional provider to discuss what these changes mean for them.
  • Minister Michael Coteau will be hosting Tele Town Halls on January 11 at 7 p.m. and January 17 at 7 p.m. to answer questions from parents and caregivers. More details will be available on Ontario.ca/autism.
  • The OAP launched in June 2017. The program provides flexible, individualized services, and was informed by families, caregivers, advocates, clinicians and providers.
  • Ontario is making an unprecedented investment of more than $500 million over five years to expand and improve autism services and supports across Ontario for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.
  • Children and youth up until the age of 18 with a diagnosis of ASD from a qualified professional are eligible for the OAP.

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Complimentary Gift Wrap!

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Brant Support Drop In

Posted by on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 ·  

 

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Annual Report 2016-17

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MOMH: Progress Report

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Ray’s Place Charity Golf Tournament

Posted by on Thursday, August 17, 2017 ·  

Join us on Saturday, September 16th at Ray’s Place 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament in support of Woodview’s Hamilton Day Treatment Programs! Click here for further details, or visit the event page below!

 

To register for the Golf Tournament, please contact John Fitzgerald at 905-220-4044

 

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Letter to Parents from Minister Coteau

Posted by on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 ·  

 

This letter was originally posted on the MCYS website

 

Dear parents, families and caregivers in our autism community:

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of announcing a sweeping transformation to how this province provides services and supports for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP). This transformation will make Ontario a leader in this country, and around the world for autism services and support.

As we begin implementing the OAP, I want to make sure all of you have the information you need for the transition to go as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions or would like more information, I invite you to visit ontario.ca/autism.

Implementation of the new program will begin on June 26 and will continue until the OAP is fully implemented over the next year. We are doing this incrementally because we want the program to succeed. We need to do this right for you and for your children. I want you to have confidence that the new Ontario Autism Program puts the needs of children, youth, and families first.

As we work towards fully implementing the new Ontario Autism Program across our province, I have insisted our work be built on three guiding principles: choice, consistency, and confidence.

I want to be clear: all children and youth up to the age of 18 who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder from a qualified professional, will be eligible for the new OAP. This means we are not imposing parameters on the number of hours a child receives or the duration of their intervention. The new program is family-centred and services will be flexible, relevant and responsive to the needs of individual children and youth with autism, regardless of age.

I also want to reassure everyone waiting for service that your spot on the waitlist will not be compromised. We are working to decrease wait times as quickly as possible and create thousands of new spaces over the next four years.

After hearing from many of you how difficult it can be to navigate supports and services when you have a child or youth with ASD, I am excited to share with you that there will be a single point of access to the new OAP. This means, starting June 26, you and your family will be able to call a number in each of the nine service areas across our province to access information and services. Please visit ontario.ca/autism for the toll free number for your OAP single point of access.

Beyond this, once fully implemented, each family will have an OAP Family Support Worker to help you navigate the OAP; an OAP Family Service Plan that is flexible and catered to your child’s goals, needs, and changing development; as well as an OAP Family Team, if you want one, to promote partnerships with other professionals working with you and your child.

Delivering the best services for children with autism means that we must pay attention to the quality, accountability, and regulatory oversight of the services being provided in the new OAP. There will be a permanent direct funding option in the new program by the end of the year and whether you choose direct funding, or direct service, I want you to be confident that your child is receiving the highest quality of care. This is why I have directed the ministry to work towards establishing strong oversight of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) services to achieve this goal. We are already working with our partners at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to work through options to ensure we have strong accountability mechanisms in place.

I am committed to keeping an open door and working with you as we move forward with these changes. I am going to continue to engage with families, caregivers, advocates, clinicians and providers on the design and implementation of the new OAP. I invite any of you who would like to share your experiences and hear the experiences of other families across Ontario to join my tele-town halls this summer. The first session is on June 27, at 8:00 p.m. If you are unable to join at this time, we will host more sessions in the coming months, and our website will be continuously updated with additional information. More information about the tele-town hall can be found in the “In the News” section at ontario.ca/autism.

At the end of the day, children and youth are the most important individuals in any conversation we have about Autism Spectrum Disorder. I look forward to working with you as we implement this program to ensure it is something we can be proud of for years to come, and as a result, make a difference in the lives of children and youth with autism.

Sincerely,

Michael Coteau

Minister

This letter was originally posted on the MCYS website

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