Ford government confirms autism program needs assessments will not come from expert clinicians

Minister Todd Smith delivering his February 3 2021 Autism Program update
  1. Confirmed today by Todd Smith, Care Coordinators will determine the level of a child’s need, not a clinician. This flies in the face of the Advisory Panel’s recommendation that a Care Coordinator forecast the level of need for waitlist management purposes and that clinicians would report back the actual service plan. The government doesn’t seem to get that needs-based therapy must be prescribed by clinicians. Sure, service parameters to ensure there isn’t abuse or excess hours being prescribed is necessary, but the intensity of service needs to come from a clinician.
  2. Age based funding is still a thing! Yes, you read that right. One of the strongest objections to the Childhood Budget scheme was the discrepancy of funding based on age ($20,000 under age 6, $5,000 for ages 6–17). Here’s the new scheme:
  • Communication
  • Social interaction
  • Play and leisure
  • Activities of daily living
  • Motor skills
  • Cognitive skills
  • Sensory system
  • Mental health



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Scott Corbett

Scott Corbett

Political Scientist turned IT professional serving Canadians in the public service. Father of 2 incredible boys on the autism spectrum.