Ombudsman Ontario

Ombudsman Ontario

March 01, 2007 11:32 ET

Ombudsman to Investigate Mental Health Services for Soldiers' Children

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 1, 2007) - Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin today announced he is launching an investigation into a complaint that the province is failing to ensure the provision of mental health services to children of Canadian soldiers.

"I have received a complaint alleging that children whose parents are serving in Afghanistan aren't getting access to therapy and other care," said the Ombudsman. "While our soldiers are serving our country overseas, we want to swiftly investigate these allegations to ensure that their families here in Ontario are receiving the support that they deserve."

The Ombudsman's office served notice of the investigation to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, which is responsible for children's mental health care, under Section 18(1) of the Ombudsman Act.

The investigation has been assigned to the Special Ombudsman's Response Team (SORT). Anyone who has information that may be relevant to this investigation may contact the SORT team using the Information Form at www.ombudsman.ca or by calling 1-866-623-SORT (7678).

Contact Information

  • Ombudsman of Ontario
    Barbara Theobalds
    Media Relations Advisor
    (416) 586-3423
    or
    Ombudsman of Ontario
    Linda Williamson
    Manager, Communications and Media Relations
    (416) 586-3426
    Website: www.ombudsman.ca