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Putting Children and Youth First: Integrating Autism and Mental Health Services in Ontario

Research indicates that children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have significantly higher rates of mental health issues than kids in the general population. The prevalence of mental health disorders in young people with autism is more than four times higher than in their non-ASD peers.

Learn more in our new Policy Paper.

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Leadership for Child and Youth Mental Health
As part of the Ontario government’s Moving on Mental Health Strategy, we are proud that Kinark was chosen as the Lead Agency for child and youth mental health in the service areas of York, Durham and Haliburton/Kawartha Lakes/Peterborough. We are committed to supporting child and youth mental health and collaborating with our community partners to strengthen the sector in order to improve outcomes for children and families.

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Kinark Launches New Autism Services Website

Kinark has worked with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families for many years across southern and central Ontario. We are proud of our 20 year history of providing high quality, evidenced-based services to thousands of children and their families and offering respite camps for both children with ASD and family groups.

Kinark is now providing a new range of fee-for-service services for children, youth and families that are designed to meet your child’s unique needs and help them be successful. As part of our commitment to working with our clients and their families to help you make decisions about purchasing services that will meet your needs, we are offering free consultations for families.

Visit our Autism Services website for more information.


Updates about the Ontario Autism Program

Dec. 17, 2019 – Ontario to Implement Needs-based Autism Program In-line with Advisory Panel’s Advice. To read the Ministry’s announcement, click here.

Oct. 30, 2019 – Autism Advisory Panel released their report to support the development of a needs-based autism program for Ontario children and youth. To read the report,  click here. To read the Ministry’s statement, click here.

July 29, 2019 – The Ontario Government announced 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. To read the Ministry’s announcement, click here.

Ontario Announces Autism Advisory Panel
Following its public consultations, the Ontario government announced the members of an advisory panel to review the information gathered through the consultations and provide advice on developing a new needs assessment process and approach to supporting children and youth with complex needs. To read more, visit the Ministry’s website:

April 2, 2019 – The Ontario government announced consultations will be held with parents on enhancements to the Ontario Autism Program. To read the Ministry’s announcement, click here.

March 5, 2019 – Kinark Response to Government of Ontario Autism Program Changes
In response to questions from our clients about recent changes made to the Ontario Autism Program by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, and after further clarifying how the proposed changes may be implemented, Kinark has prepared the following statement which outlines our response, recommendations and how we are working to support Ontario families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Click here to read more.