ONTARIO COMMUNITY SUPPORT ASSOCIATION

ONTARIO COMMUNITY SUPPORT ASSOCIATION

May 12, 2005 08:00 ET

OCSA Responds to Provinical Budget Announcement

The McGuinty Government's Budget Recognizes the Importance of Community Support Services Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 12, 2005) - The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) is pleased to see the Ontario budget specifically identify Community Support Services as a priority in the next phase of the Government's plan for health care - improving access to community support services for seniors, frail elderly people and people with physical disabilities to receive care in the community.

OCSA looks forward to receiving more information about enhanced funding to expand access to these critical community support services, home care and supportive housing programs needed to keep people out of emergency rooms, institutions and allow them to live longer and healthier at home.

"The McGuinty Government continues to move in the right direction with its ambitious Health Transformation agenda. Change of this magnitude in the health care system is not easy. That is why OCSA and its members will continue to work collaboratively with the Ontario Government, the new Local Health Integrated Networks (LHINs), and the Family Health Teams/Networks to achieve an integrated health care system that truly meets the needs of Ontarians", said OCSA President, Valerie Bishop-de-Young.

The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) represents 360 community support agencies that provide a broad basket of services such as attendant care, adult/Alzheimer day programs, Meals on Wheels, personal and home support, transportation and supportive housing programs. Member agencies have 25,000 staff and 100,000 volunteers. Over 750,000 people of all ages across Ontario received community support services in 2004-05. These important, cost-effective services prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, ER admissions and premature institutionalization.
IN: HEALTH, LABOUR, POLITICS, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • LORI PAYNE, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, OCSA
    Primary Phone: 416-256-3010 ext. 242
    Toll-Free: 800-267-6272
    E-mail: lori@ocsa.on.ca