After much anticipation on December 3rd, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announced the new Independent Intake Organization, Entry to School Program, and grants to hire more clinical staff helping to improve outcomes.

We extend our support and expertise to Accerta Services Inc., McMaster University, Autism Ontario, and HealthCare 365, as they prepare for the official launch of the Independent Intake Organization in April 2022. Since 2019, the Northern Capacity Advisory Committees and Northern Collaborative partners have been working hard to sustain a very fragile system. It is our hope that the implementation of the Independent Intake Organization will increase the number of families eligible to receive Core Services and that Care Coordinators will ensure families are accessing all elements of the program.

Regarding the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services’ investments in Workforce Capacity Fund Grants, we trust that accessing grants will continue for years to come as it will take time to rebuild confidence in the system, attract new professionals, and invite experienced professionals back to the field. This is particularly true in rural and remote areas.

Child & Community Resources and our partners are privileged to be leading the Entry to School Program in the Sudbury-Manitoulin District. This six-month program will focus on helping children develop school-readiness skills in communication, play, social interaction, behavioural self-management and learning and attention. Eligible families will receive an invitation letter from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services inviting them to register for the program beginning in January 2022.

As we enter the busy Holiday season, we look forward to a New Year working together to ensure that families in the North have access to the quality services and professionals that you deserve.

With respect and gratitude,

Sherry Fournier
Executive Director
Child & Community Resources