Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

May 15, 2008 16:33 ET

OPSEU: New Developmental Services Act Raises Alarms

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 15, 2008) - The union representing 10,000 developmental services workers across Ontario expressed serious concerns today about new legislation introduced today set to transform the way Ontario provides services for people with developmental disabilities.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union says the government must rethink its plans to entrench individualized funding in legislation. Moving towards such a system means a loss of quality control, and adds further complications to the lives of most families they simply do not need.

"It will also lead to the destabilization of the funding and staffing of community agencies, lowering the quality of services across the board," said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.

OPSEU is also gravely concerned about the government short-sighted plans to close Ontario's three regional centres for people with developmental disabilities. These centres are staffed by highly trained and skilled workers who specialize in the care and support of people with severe developmental disabilities and the unique supports required for aging people with developmental disabilities.

Presently the government is placing individuals into long-term care facilities ill-equipped to provide the specialized supports these individuals need.

"We reject a government policy that closes quality care centres, and puts people at risk, often with inappropriate care," Thomas said.

"What families need is an easy way to access services and the peace of mind that their loved one is receiving quality support they can count on."

Contact Information

    Sarah Jordison
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