Statement Regarding Staffing Changes
June 17, 2019
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development is one of the largest providers of clinically-based autism services in Ontario, and as such, has been significantly impacted by recent changes to the way the Ontario government funds autism services.
Agencies like ErinoakKids are no longer funded to administer and deliver these services through the public sector, as we have done since inception of the original program in 2000, for successive governments. Instead, families of children with autism are being provided with a Childhood Budget, which they can spend with any provider of their choice.
In order for our organization to be able to continue to provide much needed services to children with autism and their families in this new environment, we have had to make some significant staffing reductions, which were announced to staff today. These were very difficult decisions and we would like to thank all of our dedicated staff for the excellent care that they have provided to children during our time as a transfer payment agency for the delivery of autism services.
We would also like to assure families that we are retaining a sufficient number of highly qualified staff to continue to meet the needs of both families who are currently receiving service from us and those who would like to purchase services from us as they receive their Childhood Budgets. ErinoakKids remains committed to helping children and youth with disabilities and special needs, including those with autism, grow, develop and reach their full potential.
Did you know?
Did you know that by introducing your child to early life skills from ages five to seven (such as helping to make your child’s bed, tidy his or her room, unpack and pack his or her school backpack, and set the table and clear dishes at the end of a meal) is preparing him or her for the responsibility of expanded home and community-based life skills as a young adult?
Read about Occupational Therapy at ErinoakKids