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School Based Rehabilitation Services

 

The current children’s rehabilitation service landscape in Ontario is complex and involves multiple sectors and service providers.  In response to feedback received directly from families, the provincial government is making changes to improve the delivery of school-based rehabilitation services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology) for children and youth from birth to school exit.  These changes will support a more seamless service experience as children start school or move between service providers, in settings that best meet their needs, regardless of where they live or who delivers the services.  A goal is that children who are currently receiving services before school entry will not experience gaps or be placed on additional wait lists when they start school.


A key step is the transfer of contact management for the delivery of school-based rehabilitation services in publicly-funded schools from the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) – formerly Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) – to Children’s Treatment Centres (CTCs) in Ontario. Targeted for January 2019, in Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington, KidsAbility will now manage this contract working with existing service providers in our community.

 

Over the past number of months, KidsAbility has been working closely together with the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN), all District School Boards and the service providers organizations to do everything we can to ensure students will not experience gaps or disruptions during the 2018-19 school year as a result of this transfer. In Waterloo Region, School Based Rehabilitation Services will continue to be provided by Saint Elizabeth and in Guelph-Wellington by CBI Health Group. This contract is in place until December 31, 2019. Children and youth and their families will continue to receive these services through their current service provider for this time period.

 
Naturally, you may have some questions around next steps and resources available for your child and family. We will continue to keep you informed as we work together to implement improvements to family-centred and integrated services in Ontario.  Below are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions that we will update regularly based on your questions and feedback.


Should you have questions that are not listed below, we encourage you to contact us at sbrs@kidsability.ca.


Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

What are School Based Rehabilitation Services?

School Based Rehabilitation Services include Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Pathology for speech needs provided to school-aged children in their publicly-funded school.

 

What happened to School Health Support Services?

School Health Support Services was the name of the program provided through the LHIN. The WWLHIN will continue to provide nursing, dietician and personal support to publicly-funded schools as directed through legislation, as well as therapy services to private schools and children who are home-schooled. School Based Rehabilitation Services includes Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech-Language Pathology for speech needs for school-aged children in publicly-funded schools.

 

What has changed?

In addition to the name change of the program, KidsAbility will now manage the contract that is in place until December 31, 2019. KidsAbility will work with Saint Elizabeth and CBI Health Group who will continue to provide School Based Rehabilitation Services to school-aged children in their schools. The transfer of contract responsibility will not affect the current service delivery model for children currently receiving services, and families currently waiting for services will maintain their place on waitlists.

 

Is there anything that I need to do because of this change?

 

  • Children Currently Receiving School Based Rehabilitation Services:
    Services will continue without any interruption. Over the past number of months, KidsAbility has been working closely with our Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) to ensure continuity of service for children and families and to support a smooth transition for the contracted service providers. Your child's established service plan will remain unchanged.

  • Children Waiting for School Based Rehabilitation Services:
    Families currently waiting for services will maintain their place on the waitlist and children will continue to be seen on a priority-basis.

 

   

Where will my child's services be provided?

Your child will continue to receive School Based Rehabilitation Services such as Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Speech services in their school, based on the current plan for your child.

  

Will my child’s therapist change?

There will be no changes to service providers for children receiving services in publicly-funded schools. In Waterloo Region, School Based Rehabilitation Services will still be provided by Saint Elizabeth and in Guelph-Wellington by CBI Health Group. KidsAbility oversees the existing contract in place until December 31, 2019.

  

What prompted this change?

In response to feedback received from families, the government is making changes to improve the delivery of school-based rehabilitation services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology) for children and youth from birth to school exit.

  

These changes will support a more seamless service experience as children start school or move between service providers, in settings that best meet their needs, regardless of where they live or who delivers the services.


My child is on the waiting list for School Based Rehabilitation Services. Will my child come off the waiting list now?

Families currently waiting for services will maintain their place on the waitlist and children will continue to be seen on a priority-basis.

 

How do I refer my child for School Based Rehabilitation Services?

All new referrals for School Based Rehabilitation Services will be done by the child’s home school through KidsAbility’s Intake team. Please talk to your child’s teacher or principal about referrals for School Based Rehabilitation Services.

 

My child is already a KidsAbility client. What does this mean for me?

Your team at KidsAbility will remain unchanged and will continue to work closely with service provider therapists in order to maintain coordinated care for your child.

 

Are there any additional services that my family can access?

Families are the most important member of their child’s therapy team. Through training and guidance, families are equipped with the skills and support that they need to be successful. The following services and resources are available to support you and your family!

  

 

 

 

Stay in Contact

Please reach out to us if you have any questions regarding School Based Rehabilitation Services for your child. We’ll update our FAQs with answers to your most asked questions.

 

We will continue to keep you informed as we work together to implement improvements to family-centred care and integrated services in Ontario.


If you have questions, please email us at sbrs@kidsability.ca.