Province investing over $842,000 to increase access to critical rehabilitation services in Chatham-Kent
CHATHAM-KENT — The Ontario government is investing $240 million over four years to increase access to critical rehabilitation services for children and youth with special needs to help them live happier and healthier lives. This investment is part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy.
“Our children’s future has always been one of this government’s priorities,” said Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington. “Ensuring they have access to the services they need, such as the new programs that will be made available from this funding, we can prioritize their success in life. This will directly have a positive impact throughout Chatham-Kent and surrounding communities.”
As part of this investment, $60 million in new funding will be provided annually starting this year to build additional service capacity and increase access to preschool speech and language services and community-based and school-based rehabilitation services across the province.
“We know early intervention leads to better long-term outcomes for children and youth. By improving access to assessments and early intervention services, children can begin receiving the services they need sooner,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “We are making these investments, so every young person has the best opportunity to achieve their life goals and be set up for success.”
As part of the $60 million in new annual funding, the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent will receive $842,525.
These investments will improve service experiences and outcomes for children and youth with special needs and their families across the Chatham-Kent region.