March 7, 2018
The John McGivney Children’s Centre (JMCC) provides therapy services in the Centre, in community schools, in our JMCC School, in the home and at child care centres.
Therapy services in schools in Ontario are managed through the School Health Support Services (SHSS) Program. As of April 1, 2018, Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) across the province, who previously managed the SHSS program, will transfer the responsibility for the delivery of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy services in schools through SHSS to children’s treatment centres, like JMCC. Given that JMCC was already the sole provider of rehabilitation services for the SHSS program across Windsor and Essex County, families in our region will not experience a change in service provider.
Effective April 1st, JMCC will assume the responsibility for the registration of students requiring therapy services under SHSS, in addition to its current role as the therapy service provider. Parents and caregivers with questions regarding their child’s service will now contact JMCC to speak to their child’s therapist.
LHIN Care Co-ordinators will continue to be involved with families of children who require nursing services and those children who receive rehabilitative services in their homes and in private schools. Referrals for these services will continue to be sent directly to the LHIN.
Further communication on this transition for families is forthcoming from the Erie St. Clair LHIN.