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School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS)

                                        January 2019 Changes to School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS) Update


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 schoolbased rehabilitation services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech 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 contract management for the delivery of School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS) in publicly-funded schools from the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) – formerly Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) – to Children’s Treatment Centres (CTC’s) in Ontario. Commencing January 1, 2019, in Brantford/Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk regions, Lansdowne Children’s Centre (LCC) will manage this
contract.

Lansdowne will continue to provide these services in Brantford/Brant and will be working along with the 2 current CBI branches to provide the existing services in Haldimand and Norfolk. The contracts with CBI are in place until December 31, 2019. All children and youth and their families will continue to receive SBRS through their current service provider for this time period. Over the past number of months, LCC has been working closely together with the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) LHIN, the Southwest (SW) LHIN, District
School Boards and the service provider organization 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.

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 (FAQ’s) that we will update regularly based on your questions and feedback.

Should you have questions that are not addressed below, we encourage you to contact our SBRS Intake Coordinator, Susanne Williams, at SBRSintake@lansdownecc.com or 519-753-3153 ext 313

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers (FAQ’s)
 

What are School Based Rehabilitation Services?
School Based Rehabilitation Services include Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Therapy for speech needs provided to school-aged children in their publicly-funded school.

What happened to School Health Support Services?
School Health Support Services (SHSS) was the name of the program provided through the Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN). In this region, the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HBHN) LHIN and the South West (SW) LHIN will continue to provide nursing, dietician and personal support to publicly-funded schools as directed through legislation in their respective areas, as well as therapy services to private schools and children who are home-schooled. Current service providers will continue to provide these services in the area of Brantford/Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk and SW Norfolk.

What has changed?
In addition to the name change of the program, LCC will now manage the contracts that are in place until December 31, 2019 in Brantford/Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk. The transfer of contract responsibility will not affect the current service delivery model for children currently receiving services, and those currently waiting for services will maintain their place on wait lists.

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 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.

Is there anything that I need to do because of this change?
Services will continue without any interruption. Over the past number of months, LCC has been working closely with the HNHB LHIN and the SW LHIN to ensure continuity of service for children and families and to support a smooth transition for the contracted service providers. Established service plans will remain unchanged.

What if a child is on a wait list for these services?
Children currently waiting for services will maintain their place on the wait list and will continue to be seen on a priority basis.

Where will SBRS be provided?
SBRS will be provided in schools.

Will a child’s therapist change?
There will be no changes to service providers for children receiving services in publiclyfunded
schools.

How do I refer my child for School Based Rehabilitation Services?
All new referrals for SBRS will be completed by a child’s school and fax/mailed to LCC’s SBRS Intake. Families can speak with a child’s teacher or principal about referrals for these services.
Stay in Contact
Please reach out to us if you have any questions regarding SBRS. We’ll update our FAQ’s
with answers to your most asked questions.