New Ontario Autism Program Announcement from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services
On March 29, 2016, the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) announced further details of an investment of $333 million over the next five years to improve and expand autism services so that more children receive critical intervention earlier and services are better matched to their needs.
On June 28, 2016, the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) announced further details of an investment of $200 million over the next four years in addition to the previous investment of $333 million on March 29, 2016 to improve and expand autism services to better support children and youth with autism and their families.
The new Ontario Autism Program is intended to make it easier for families to access services for their children by reducing wait times, providing more flexible services at a level of intensity that meets each child’s individual needs and increasing the number of treatment spaces available to serve more children and youth and accommodate the rising prevalence of autism diagnoses.
On April 5, 2017, Minister Michael Coteau, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, released a letter to parents, families and caregivers about the new Ontario Autism Program. You can read the letter on the Ministry’s website at the following link: click here.
Transitioning to the Ontario Autism Program
Ontario’s enhanced transition plan is intended to better support all children with autism while improving support to those families most affected by the transition to the new program. This includes:
- Accelerating the implementation of the Ontario Autism Program, so more children and youth can receive the services they need sooner. The new program will begin to be implemented in June 2017, one year earlier than originally planned.
- A choice of direct funding or if preferred, immediate and continuous access to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) services and supports, for children five and over who were previously on the Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) waitlist. This funding will provide access to continuous service until the child is able to enter the new Ontario Autism Program next year.
- Strengthened in-school autism supports to help children transition to and continue in full-time school.
- Increased access to diagnostic assessments to allow for earlier diagnosis and treatment.
Greater access to information and direct supports for families to help them navigate the transition to the new program.
Dedicated Phone Line for the Ontario Autism Program: 1-888-284-8340
Families affected by these changes, or who have questions about the new Ontario Autism Program, can call 1-888-284-8340 for information, or contact their regional office or service provider.
For more information on the MCYS changes to the Ontario Autism Program, please visit: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/topics/specialneeds/autism/ontario-autism-program.aspx
Kinark Contact Information
Families on the wait list:
While Kinark does not provide ABA services; we do work collaboratively with our partners to manage the wait list for ABA-based services for community agencies that provide services in the Central and East Regions. If you are on the Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) or Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) wait list and have questions, families can contact their Family Resource and Support Coordinator or Kinark’s main office at 905-479-0158 or toll-free at 1-800-283-3377. If you are directed to voicemail, please leave a message and your call will be returned.
Kinark clients currently receiving services:
Kinark provides IBI, an evidence-based treatment used to improve the learning rate for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. For families currently receiving IBI services and supports, Kinark’s Clinical Supervisors are available to answer your questions.
Please call your Clinical Supervisor or Kinark’s main office at 905-479-0158 or toll-free at 1-800-283-3377. If you are directed to voicemail, please leave a message and your call will be returned.