April 28, 2022, 4:30 p.m. – Three leading children’s hospitals welcome the investment of $32.3 million annually announced in today’s provincial budget for a new program that will support families of children with multiple complex medical, behavioural and social needs.
The Extensive Needs Integrated Pathway is led by CHEO, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and McMaster Children’s Hospital. The program will provide personalized care and wrap-around services for a subset of the population of children and youth with complex special needs in Ontario who have co-occurring medical, physical and developmental complexities and/or social vulnerabilities.
Integrated Care Pathway = Better Outcomes for Families
Following a comprehensive evaluation of needs to assess eligibility, a multi-disciplinary team of professionals will be available to support clients and families through the Extensive Needs Integrated Pathway. This may include, but are not limited to a neurologist, psychiatrist, developmental pediatrician, clinical psychologist, behavior analysts, social worker or youth counsellor.
The integrated pathway will help streamline the process for families with children and youth living with multiple medical, physical and developmental complexities and social vulnerabilities to access help in support of optimal health outcomes.
The pilot program will support some 1,140 children and youth in Ontario per year.