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  • Supporting Quality Care for Ontarians with Autism

    TORONTO — Ontario is putting children, youth and vulnerable people first by strengthening the oversight of behavioural clinicians who provide Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), a therapy that primarily supports people with autism. As recommended by experts and supported by families, regulation of ABA behavioural clinicians will set standard expectations for quality therapy across the province. Consultations on how best to implement regulation are set to begin this fall.

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  • Ontario Adding More Mental Health and Addictions Services for Indigenous Communities

    KENORA - Ontario is increasing the availability of mental health supports by making specific investments for Indigenous communities. This new funding will help children and youth, adults, and families from Indigenous communities around the province get the care and services they need closer to home.

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

    TORONTO — Ontario is continuing to listen to families of children with autism and the Autism Advisory Panel. Based on their feedback, the province is expanding the scope of the autism expert 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.

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  • Statement from Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Todd Smith

    This week, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and I received notice that the Board of Directors for Brant Family and Children's Services would be resigning, effective today. In their letter of resignation, the Board stated they had concerns with the level of financial support provided by the ministry. I don't agree with their assessment.

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  • Ontario and Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Working Together to Support Indigenous Children, Youth and Families

    Keene — Today, Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services officially announced the designation of Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag as an Indigenous Children's Aid Society. The announcement reaffirms a commitment to work together to improve outcomes and opportunities for Indigenous children and youth in Durham, Highland Shores, Kawartha-Haliburton, Simcoe Muskoka and York Region.

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  • Statement from the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Todd Smith

    This morning, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Todd Smith, stood with his colleagues, Christine Elliott, Minister of Health, and Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues, to announce our government's support for infant hearing testing.

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  • Ontario Announces Funding to Combat Sex Trafficking

    OTTAWA - Ontario is protecting what matters most by investing up to $271,000 in funding for Voice Found, an Ottawa-based organization that supports survivors of sex trafficking. The province is also looking at new approaches to combat trafficking, support survivors and hold offenders accountable.

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  • Ontario Supports Grandview Children's Centre

    OSHAWA - Today, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, visited Grandview Children's Centre to thank the organization for its work with children in the community and to reaffirm the government's commitment to the centre as it moves forward with plans to build a new head office and children's treatment centre in Ajax.

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  • Ontario Announces Autism Advisory Panel

    TORONTO — Ontario's government continues to support children and youth with autism with the creation of an expert panel on needs-based supports. On the heels of the province's autism consultations, the 20-member panel will collectively provide recommendations to Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, on the best way to incorporate consultation feedback into the Ontario Autism Program.

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  • Ontario Autism Consultations Now Open

    TORONTO - Ontario’s government is putting families first by engaging them in public consultations on how children and youth with autism who have complex needs can be better supported.

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