April 1, 2019 marks the start of changes to delivery of Autism Services in the province of Ontario.
Please contact the Ontario Autism Program Central Intake and Registration team to register a child in the program or for inquiries regarding your Childhood Budget, funding agreement, payments to families and services providers and/or reconciliation of a Childhood Budget.
Toll free number: 1-888-444-4530
Please click here to visit the MCCSS website, and to learn more about the new program.
Effective immediately (April 1, 2019), the Central East Region (CER) Single Point of Access (SPOA) at Kinark Child and Family Services will redirect families wishing to register for OAP or for access their family budget to the new Ministry number 1-888-444-4530 and Ministry website.
For families who previously contacted Grandview to register for OAP, support is offered as follows:
- For ASD diagnosis received prior to March 31, 2019 (11:59pm) – Grandview will send evidence of diagnosis and/or completed OAP template to SPOA for processing as usual. SPOA will aim to complete these by Friday April 12th 2019.
- For ASD diagnosis received after April 1st, 2019 (12:00am) – The family will be redirected to the Ministry to discuss the new registration process.
- For clients who previously registered for OAP (CER) – During this transitional period, SPOA (CER) will continue to confirm if a client is on the OAP waitlist and then redirect the caller to the Ministry for all future updates.
We will continue to share relevant updates and encourage you to regularly visit the Grandview website www.grandviewkids.ca and connect directly with Service Navigation at 905-728-1673 ext. 2468 or email@example.com for more information.
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Today marks the start of a significant shift in how Autism Services are provided in the Province of Ontario.
We encourage you to visit the website often and check in with our social media posts as we will be posting updates as they are available.
Here is what changes as of April 1 2019:
- Children who are newly diagnosed or not yet on a wait list in Ontario will require a new registration for the program. This will now occur through the Province’s Central Intake and Registration Team. Here is the link to Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services website. We will share more information as soon as it is available from the ministry.
- For families on the old OAP waitlist they will be contacted by the Central Intake and Registration team when their name comes up to access the Childhood budget sometime over the next 18 months.
- For information about service providers, families may continue to access the ABACUS service hosted on the Autism Ontario website. Grandview will be offering Autism services and our Service Navigation team will be communicating details as we develop our programs.
Our CEO, Lorraine Sunstrum-Mann posted her 2019 Spring Update from Grandview Kids, for more details on how Grandview plans to engage families and some early thoughts on Autism Service offerings.
Grandview continues to be committed to all of our clients, families, staff and volunteers. We know Autism Services have taken a great deal of our energy of late but we assure you that we have not taken our eye off other key strategic priorities at Grandview. We have project teams being established to ensure success with the following:
- Paul Dwyer Oshawa satellite
- Capital Development of the New Grandview in Ajax
- School Based Rehabilitation
- Client Services Transformation (service navigation, scheduling)
- Complex Care Program
- Ongoing excellence in operations
Thank you to all of our Grandview families and supporters for your ongoing commitment to Grandview and the children, youth and families we serve. We could not do this work without each and every one of us at Grandview doing their part.
Thank you for all you are doing to make sure this next significant change is as successful as all the others that came before it.
In partnership with CHEO, Grandview Children’s Centre provides the Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Hub for Durham Region. Evidence shows that when children start behavioural intervention between ages two and five, they gain improvements in cognitive and language development, are better prepared for school and have better long-term outcomes in adulthood. Diagnosing children earlier and faster is critical to help children with autism access the services they need as quickly as possible.
The ministry supports five regional diagnostic hubs to provide access to diagnostic assessments. Families with children showing signs of autism can self-refer to get started and will also need to get a medical referral to initiate and receive a diagnostic assessment. Please click here to find out more.
How the Hubs Work
The hubs are improving the availability of more timely diagnostic assessments so that children can start accessing services as quickly as possible by:
- Providing multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessments
Connecting families with the appropriate services in their communities following a diagnostic assessment
Increasing the number of professionals able to conduct ASD diagnostic assessments by offering training and capacity-building in their local communities
How to access the ASD Diagnostic Hub:
Contact Service Navigation 905 728 1673 ext. 2468 at Grandview to register with the ASD Diagnostic Hub
Please note that you will need a medical referral.