Miller Says His Government Continues To Support Families With Autism
Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound Muskoka says that his government is continuing to listen to families of children with autism and to the Autism Advisory Panel to support families in the riding with the goal of helping as many children as possible.
This week, Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, announced steps the government is taking to provide continuity of service while giving the necessary time to work on the new program.
These steps include:
- Broadening the scope of the Autism Advisory Panel to develop recommendations for a new, needs-based and sustainable program.
- Continuing services for families with existing behaviour plans.
- Continuing to issue childhood budgets as the government works toward its needs-based program.
The ministry is aiming for implementation of a new program April 1, 2020.
Miller says that as previously announced, Ontario is investing an additional $278 million in the province's autism program, bringing the total amount of funding to $600 million annually.
“With this new direction I believe the Minister’s Autism Advisory Panel will be able to come up with a plan that will address those parents’ concerns and help as many children as possible,” Miller said.