Improving Access to Services for Children and Youth with Special Needs
Ontario Partners with Boys and Girls Club and Chimo in Lindsay
Ontario is improving access to services for children and youth with special needs in Lindsay.
Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, opened the renovated Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes facility today on behalf of Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services. The renovated facility will house the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes and Chimo Youth and Family Services - under one roof. Together, they will create a dynamic, innovative and safe environment where children and youth with mental health needs can thrive.
Bringing the two agencies together at the Boys and Girls Club will give families more opportunities to consult, coordinate between services and access a wide variety of supports to help address their individual needs. This centralization of services will help develop well-informed, responsive treatment and case management plans for children and youth.
Supporting children and youth with special needs and helping them reach their full potential is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Ontario invested $1.6 million in capital funding for construction and refurbishment of the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes facility in Lindsay.
- The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes is a registered, non-profit charitable organization devoted to serving and strengthening children, youth and families throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes.
- Chimo Youth and Family Services is an accredited children’s mental health agency that is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. It is a voluntary program that provides a variety of services to meet the needs of children, youth and their families in the community.
- In 2016-17, the province invested more than $500 million for programs and services for children and youth with special needs and their families.
- Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy is helping children and youth with special needs get the services they need at home, at school, in the community and as they transition to adulthood.
“Our government is working with communities to develop a more coordinated system to help children and youth with special needs receive timely, integrated services. With financial support for our partners at Chimo and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes we have demonstrated our ongoing commitment to provide these children with the help they need to participate fully at home, school and in the community.”
“Supporting children, youth and families in Kawartha Lakes has always been important for our government. We provided $1.6 million in funding to renovate space at 107 Lindsay St. S. in Lindsay to centralize services. Having these two organizations located under one roof will allow both agencies to share services and improve their long term sustainability.”
“The co-location of our agencies improves access to services for children and youth and builds on a long-standing synergy that our agencies have developed. We can now better meet the mental health needs of children and youth in Kawartha Lakes.”
“Relocating Chimo to the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes will add another dimension of service to the hub’s operation while providing Chimo with adequate, professional space and lowering our operating costs.”