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Vulnerable Persons Registry – West Nipissing Police Service

Posted on: December 19th, 2016

The West Nipissing Police Service (WNPS) is collecting this personal information in the event that the vulnerable person (the “Registrant”) is reported missing. The information also assists the WNPS with its interaction with the Registrant where other incidents may occur. Occasionally, the WNPS may refer to the personal information to better understand the needs of the Registrant and/or to improve its service delivery in relation to the Registrant.

For more information visit the WNPS website.

Construction Begins on Hands’ New Family Help and Treatment Centre

Posted on: December 9th, 2016

Hands' Balloon Release

On Friday, December 9, 2016, Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca began construction on its new North East Ontario Family Help and Treatment Centre, which will be located on Oak Street in North Bay. Dignitaries, funders, community partners, youth and families celebrated the occasion with a balloon release and ceremonial groundbreaking.

At 18,000 ft2, the new Centre will be a regional clinical facility, featuring space to support the growing need and demand for mental health services. The Centre will

  • Serve as the base for over 35 clinical professionals;
  • Operate as a hub to address needs across North East Ontario, using technology to improve connectivity, resulting in better and quicker access to services;
  • Be fully-integrated with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) to allow accessibility for clients and families in remote locations; and,
  • Be a training centre for clients, families and other partner organizations.

“Hands provides exceptional services that are critical to the development and well-being of children, youth and their families,” said Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services. “With our government’s investment in this new facility, Hands will be able to better deliver these services, ultimately reaching even more children, youth and families in the North Bay area.”

Hands has been quietly fundraising for this new building and has already raised $1 million through community support. Hands’ Family Matters Campaign has a total goal of $2 million. The expected completion date of the nearly $9 million project is October 31st, 2017.

Jeffrey Hawkins, Executive Director at Hands remarked “this new Centre will provide a respectful and welcoming space to support families who need help and guidance, both locally and across our Region. We are incredibly grateful to our funders and to the donors who have generously contributed to our Family Matters Campaign and made this long awaited project a reality.”

Donations can be made to the Family Matters Campaign by calling Hands at 705.476.2293, or online at www.TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca/Donations.

The New Ontario Autism Program

Posted on: December 1st, 2016

The Ministry of Child and Youth Services (MCYS) announced the new Ontario Autism Program in March 2016. The Program will make it easier for families to access services for their children by reducing wait times and providing more flexible services at a level of intensity that meets each child’s individual needs. It will also increase the number of treatment spaces available to serve more children and youth and accommodate the rising prevalence of autism diagnoses.

On June 28th, 2016, MCYS enhanced its original transition plan, announced in March, to better support all children with autism, while improving supports for those families most affected by the transition to the new program. Detailed information on the new Ontario Autism Program, as well as helpful resources for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be found on the Ministry’s website.

Supporting Families in the Northeast – Transitions to new Ontario Autism Program

Families, in the Northeast region of Ontario (James Bay, Timmins, Timiskaming, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Muskoka), who:

  • are affected by these changes;
  • have questions about the new Ontario Autism Program; or
  • are seeking additional information/assistance on early signs and symptoms of Autism, can contact Hands’ Autism Services.

Contact Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca’s Autism Services at 1-800-668-8555 or [email protected] 

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