YORK REGION, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 2, 2013) - World Autism Awareness Day - The York ASD Partnership, a collaboration of more than 20 York Region organizations, has launched a Coordinated Access System to improve the system of supports for people in York Region with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.
For years, individuals with an ASD and their families have had difficulty accessing services and struggled with the lack of coordination and miscommunication among service providers. After several years of planning, the York ASD Partnership's launch of a new Coordinated Access System represents a model for systems change. According to Sylvia Pivko, Chair of the York ASD Partnership, "Our approach is unique in Canada and the focus of interest by the provincial government and other regions in Ontario and across the country."
The Coordinated Access System ensures that a call to an agency involved in the York ASD Partnership will lead people with an ASD and/or their families to the appropriate resource and action. It will provide warm transfers and introductions to the appropriate service connections according to their specific needs. It will also deliver a continuum of coordinated services through the use of electronic Single Plans of Care, ensuring that the right agencies have immediate access to important information about the individual or family's particular needs and concerns.
"York Region residents with Autism and their families will now experience a more knowledgeable and sensitive response when seeking support," says Pivko. "They will be provided with accurate information and gain assisted access to the service system through the correct gateway agency based on their child's diagnosis and age."
120 York Region Intake and Family Support workers from across these York ASD Partnership partners have received training on the Coordinated Access System:
- ASD Advocacy and Support: Autism Ontario;
- Children's Mental Health: Blue Hills Child and Family Centre; Kinark Child and Family Services; York Centre for Children;
- Children's Developmental Services: Catulpa Community Support Services; Children's Treatment Network of Simcoe York; Early Intervention Services of York Region; York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program at Markham Stouffville Hospital; York Support Services Network; Children's Case Coordination;
- Adult Developmental Services: Community Living York South; York Central Hospital Behaviour Management Services of York and Simcoe; York Support Services Network; Muki Baum Treatment Centres; Reena;
- Autism Specialized Services: Kerry's Place Autism Services; Kinark Central East Autism Program; TRE-ADD;
- Education Services: York Region District School Board; York Catholic District School Board; York University Faculty of Health; and,
- Ontario Ministries: Ministry of Children and Youth; Ministry of Community and Social Services; Ministry of Education.
Phase I of the Coordinated Access Service launch is focused on the access process for Children and Youth Services. Phase II, which is currently under development, will focus on enhancements to the access process for Adult Services.
The York ASD Partnership is also developing a comprehensive service database in collaboration with the York Region 211Social Service Directory.
About the York ASD Partnership
The York ASD Partnership is a grassroots collaboration of York Region community service providers, educators, health professionals and parents dedicated to improving the service system for people with an ASD and their families. Visit www.yorkasdpartnership.org for additional information.