Ontario Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities Projects in Toronto Centre to Receive Funding:
The government of Ontario, under the leadership of Minister Helena Jaczek has awarded a 1 million dollar grant to increase access to psychological assessments in addition to housing supports, case management, and other behavioural supports including a behavioural therapist and occupational therapist.
The Bridges to Housing Project, a partnership between The City of Toronto's Shelter, Support and Housing Division (SSHA), notably Seaton House and Streets to Homes in addition to the Community Living Toronto - Adult Protective Services Program (TLC), and The Inner City Family Health Team in collaboration with the Developmental Services Ontario Access System (DSO) and Private Landlords. This project will target men affected by the George Street Revitalization to start. This demonstration project has been designed to offer multi-disciplinary, creative, flexible, practical, affordable supports in an effort to ultimately, through the lens of a Housing First model, find and sustain appropriate housing for SSHA clients with developmental disabilities. This proposed integration of services and supports is fashioned to provide streamlined access, meet the complex needs of the target population (often street-involved, drug and alcohol use, complex health needs), and aspires to reduce the reliance of this group on other costly provincially funded services.
It is hoped that this experience translates into rich learning for all involved, and we may inspire the replication of the model in full or part across the province. This project is about drawing on the strengths and expertise of each partner involved, forming a multi-disciplinary team that will provide service supports to homeless individuals (clients of SSHA) with developmental disabilities. The project will provide the individuals with 400$ per month housing allowances, target them through the emergency shelter system and street, assess them with our primary care partner, provide Adult Protective Services Program supports, and link them with community based services; together we will successfully support them to manage living independently in the community and thrive.
Dr. Sylvain Roy, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Inner City Family Health Team
Lead clinician, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Assessment Service,
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Adjunct Professor, York University