Thank you for your patience during this extremely difficult time. Although the new OAP has yet to be announced, we continue to look for ways to work together to minimize the frustration and heartbreak families experience when they are unable to find or retain a skilled therapist or clinician.
In the fall of 2019 Child & Community Resources (CCR) submitted a proposal to MCCSS to support the development of the Northern Collaborative.
The Northern Collaborative was designed to plan beyond CCR and focus our efforts on supporting local service providers to increase service options and professional capacity, with special attention dedicated to rural and remote communities, bilingual and culturally inclusive services.
I am pleased to share that MCCSS supported our proposal and has confirmed funding to March 31, 2021, for the Northern Collaborative.
Building on the success of the Diagnostic Hub model, the Northern Collaborative will:
- Work in collaboration with families and professionals to find innovative solutions to increase service capacity
- Develop short and long-term strategies to recruit, train and retain professionals in the North
- Provide recommendations to CCR to maximize financial resources available
- Monitor, evaluate progress, leverage innovation, and share lessons learned
A Northern Collaborative Advisory Committee will be established in each district (Thunder Bay, Algoma, Sudbury Manitoulin, and Kenora Rainy River). Each committee will be comprised of 8 to 10 participants (parents and professionals from the public and private sectors). Terms of reference and meeting frequency will be established at the first meeting. The term will be from May 2020 to March 31, 2021.
It took 19 years to build capacity in the North, rebuilding will take time but together we can begin again. In the interim, professionals and partners from across the province have offered to help until local capacity is restored.
If you are interested in participating in the Northern Collaborative Advisory Committee, please complete the online form by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ncadvisory. Kindly notify us of your interest by Friday, May 8, 2020.
Thank you for your support as we continue to work together to rebuild the system in the North and ensure your family has access to the quality services and talent that you deserve.
With respect and gratitude,
Child & Community Resources