Component: Children's DS Community Support Services

Legislation: Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 (CYFSA)

Service objectives

  • To counsel families with children with a developmental disability in identifying and accessing services
  • To assist in developing and implementing appropriate plans and to counsel children, with a developmental disability, and their caregivers
  • To support the development of a personal plan of care based on the principles of person-centred planning, self-determination and choice and to provide services that are reflective of this plan

Service description

People served

  • Child and youth with a developmental disability
  • Child and youth – under the age of 18 years

Program/service features

  • Voluntary service that is accessed by the child, or their guardian/caregiver acting on the child's behalf
  • Assessment of the child's level of functioning and development of appropriate plans that are consistent with the assessment
  • Counselling of the child and guardian/caregiver concerning the service options
  • Supports are designed to assist the child in accessing community living and community participation

Individual Planning and Goal Setting

Each child will have a current plan of care that reflects an assessment of his/her needs and preferences. The plan of care will identify the specific services/supports received by the child, the expected outcomes and be based on the principles of person-centred planning, self- determination and choice.

Program goals

To provide professional, specialized community-based supports and services to children with a developmental disability, and their families, that promotes social inclusion, individual choice, independence and rights.

Services will be

  • Reflective and responsive to child, family and community strengths and needs Accountable to the child, family and community
  • Sensitive to the social, linguistic and cultural diversity of families and Indigenous communities
  • Provided by individuals with the appropriate range of skills and abilities necessary to respond effectively to the needs of children and families
  • Based on the child's and youth's assessed needs, preferences and available individual, agency, community and contracted ministry resources

Ministry expectations

  • Service agencies will comply with all relevant legislation, regulations, policy directives, program guidelines, funding agreement(s), accountability and reporting requirements

Reporting requirements

The following service data will be reported on at an Interim and Final stage. Please refer to your final agreement for report back due dates and targets.

Service Data NameDefinition

# of Individuals Served: Assessment and Counselling

The unique/unduplicated number of individuals that received this type of service in any language in the reporting year (cumulative). The same person should be counted only once if they received more than one type of this service, or if they exited and re- entered service during the year.

Assessment and Counselling: Ministry-funded Agency Expenditures

Total ministry-funded expenses for the Transfer Payment Recipient to administer and/or deliver this service in the reporting year (cumulative).