Ontario to Review the Child and Youth Residential Service System
The Ministry of Children and Youth Services will launch a review of the child and youth residential service system. The ministry will establish a panel of experts to undertake this review and provide the ministry with a report and recommendations in fall 2015.
Children and youth may require care and treatment in a residential setting as a result of:
- Being taken into care by a Children's Aid Society.
- Developmental, and/or physical challenges, medical conditions, behavioral difficulties, mental health/psychiatric disorders or substance abuse problems.
- A court order for youth in conflict with the law.
This review builds on the transformations in the child welfare, youth justice, mental health and special needs sectors, which have laid the foundation for changes in residential services. The review is part of the government's plan to support families and create positive environments where children and youth can reach their full potential.
- Residential services are provided by a number of service providers who are licensed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Providers must meet the requirements and regulations of the Child and Family Services Act.
- Residential Services are provided to children and youth in group homes, foster homes, provincially operated facilities and 60 dedicated youth justice open and secure custody/detention facilities.
- Ontario invests approximately $1 billion annually on care and treatment services in residential settings for children and youth.