In February 2019 the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) announced changes to the Ontario Autism Program (OAP), and followed up with several additional announcements. Please click here to visit the MCCSS OAP website to learn the latest information about the new program.
Although the funding model has changed, ErinoakKids continues to offer autism services and has qualified, caring professionals ready to help your child or youth reach his or her goals. Check out the Fee for Service Options we have available, as well as Free Foundational Services.
With the new OAP, families of children/youth with autism receive funding directly from MCCSS. Families can choose to spend that money at whichever autism service provider they choose. We think there are good reasons to choose ErinoakKids, and so do the families who have used our services.
Families who have been on the waiting list for the Ontario Autism Program will be mailed a Childhood Budget Information Letter, with a code, when they become eligible for funding. In that letter, families are directed to complete a form on the Ministry’s website called the Ontario Autism Program Childhood Budget Form.
Step 5 of the Ontario Autism Program Childhood Budget Form asks families to choose how they wish to receive their funding. One of the options is to have the Ministry issue all or some of your funding directly to a service provider of your choice. If you would like to have some or all of your Childhood Budget sent directly to ErinoakKids for your child’s services, here is the information required for that form:
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
1230 Central Parkway West
Mississauga, Ontario L5C 0A5
This is what the data looks like on the form:
NOTE: Please leave the Unit Number, PO Box, and Cell Phone fields blank. Please use this address regardless of whether you wish to receive services at our Brampton, Mississauga or Oakville site—it is our administrative address.
If you have any questions about filling out the form, please call us at 905-855-2690 (toll free 1-877-374-6625) and press 4.
Making the Best Use of Your Child’s Funding
Do you have questions about how to best use your Childhood Budget or Interim One Time Funding to help your child/youth? We know it can be confusing to figure out where to start and which programs will provide the most appropriate help for your child.
As the new program rolls out and you receive your childhood budget or interim one time funding allocation from MCCSS, please know that the Autism Services team at ErinoakKids is here to be a resource for you. We would be pleased to offer our advice on how to maximize the impact of your budget for your child, whether or not you choose to purchase services from us. Contact us at 905-855-2690 (toll free 1-877-374-6625) and press 4.
Part of the legacy DFO program? Go to the Direct Funding Option Portal