IMPORTANT NEWS – September 2018

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) is committed to improving services and supports for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP).

In January 2018, the ministry introduced new clinical staffing requirements to clarify clinical accountability and oversight for OAP behavioural services. To support this program enhancement, MCCSS is exploring the best ways to support capacity-building while being responsive to the needs of the autism behavioural services workforce in Ontario, including supporting practicing OAP providers to achieve full compliance with the clinical staffing requirements.

Since April 1, 2018, the Grant Assistance Program has no longer been accepting or approving new applications. Practitioners who have an existing multi-year grant agreement in place will continue to receive their multi-year grants, provided they continue to meet the requirements outlined in their agreement.

More information on the future of the GAP will be provided as soon as it becomes available.