The Government of Ontario is committed to providing children and youth with special needs the help they need to participate fully at school, home and in the community. In publicly funded schools in Chatham-Kent, Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT) and some Speech-Language Therapy (SLP) services are provided by contracted service agencies. Beginning on November 15, 2018, the way these contracts are managed will be changing. Rest assured there will be no changes to the eligibility for service or the amount of service available through the school based rehabilitation services program.
Below is a summary of what will change on November 15, 2018 and what will stay the same.
As of November 15, 2018, in publicly funded schools in Chatham-Kent, the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent (CTCCK) will be responsible to:
- Manage the contracts for OT, PT and SLP services provided in Chatham-Kent English Public, English Catholic and French-language Catholic Schools.
- Receive and process referrals from school principals for these services.
Staying the Same
- The contracted agencies providing school based OT, PT and SLP will stay the same. In Chatham-Kent the contracted agencies are CBI Home Health London (CBI) and Advanced Cognitive Communication Rehab Clinic (ACCRC).
- Eligibility for school based OT, PT and SLP services remains the same.
- The amount of therapy available from these agencies will remain the same.
- The amount of funding available for therapy sessions in schools is the same and there will continue to be a waitlist.
- Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and their Care Coordinators will no longer be involved in the management of OT, PT, and SLP services in publicly funded schools.
- LHIN Care Coordinators will continue to manage OT, PT and SLP services in private schools and in the home.
- Nursing at publicly funded schools will still be managed by Care Coordinators provided by the LHIN.
- SLP services currently provided by the school boards will continue to be provided by the school boards.
- School Principals will continue to make referrals for OT, PT, SLP services for children eligible to attend Grade One until graduation from high school.
- Any other services that children and youth currently receive from Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent will stay the same.
In October 2018, health information that was necessary to help ensure continuity of school based OT, PT and SLP services was disclosed to the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent and is securely stored in an electronic record that is consistent with the requirements under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA).
If you have questions, please contact:
Marnie Ball Support Services Intake Worker 519-354-0520 ext. 243.
Below is a link to an information letter sent by the LHIN to parents and families of children receiving school based rehabilitation services or waiting for services.