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MCFD Releases Summary Report of Children and Youth with Special Needs Service Framework Development 


The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) is developing a service framework to better support children and youth with special needs (CYSN) and their families. The framework will guide how the ministry provides and funds CYSN programs and services and will be ready for phased implementation in spring 2020. The Summary of Engagement and Research Findings was recently released that includes an overview of the engagement process and identifies 6 key themes:

  • Accessibility – Can families attain the right services at the right time?

  • Eligibility – How are families deemed eligible for services?

  • Equity – Do the current array of services support children and families in a fair and equitable way?

  • Cultural responsiveness – Do services meet cultural needs?

  • Inclusion – Do services support children and families to be included in society?

  • Family Support – How do services support families to care for themselves and their child?

They also have a webpage for more information that includes the timeline for next steps.