Kinark is a leading provider of services and supports for children and youth with complex needs and their families. Services are provided in the areas of Child and Youth Mental Health, Autism and Forensic Mental Health/Youth Justice.

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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

Ontario Autism Consultations
Ontario’s government is engaging in a month-long series of public consultations on how children and youth with autism, including those with complex needs, can be better supported. This is the largest consultation on autism in the history of the province. To read more and register to attend, 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 21, 2019 – The Ontario government announced changes 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.

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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Strengthening Children’s Mental Health Residential Treatment through Evidence and Experience

“We have an obligation within the sector to dedicate our specialized resources and expertise to children, youth and families who need it the most – those with complex mental health needs who require a more intensive response.”

– Laurel L. Johnson, Ph.D., C. Psych., Clinical Director of Kinark’s Child and Youth Mental Health Services

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