The vision of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) is in Ontario where all children and youth have the best opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential. To achieve this vision, the Ministry is committed to improving and expanding services and supports for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP).
The OAP was introduced on June 26, 2017 with clear points of access, family-centered decision making, a collaborative approach to service, and delivery of flexible and individualized services based on the needs, strengths and goals of children/youth with autism and their families.
In January 2018, MCYS introduced a direct funding option for families within the OAP and a number of key program enhancements to clarify clinical accountability and oversight and quality assurance for OAP services. The changes are intended to present more choice for families in how they receive behavioural services, improve the consistency of OAP service delivery across the province, and increase parent confidence.
In light of program enhancements to autism services through the OAP and the new clinical staffing requirements, the ministry is re-designing the Grant Assistance Program (GAP) for Autism Intervention Program Professionals to best support the educational and capacity needs of the Ontario autism behavioural services workforce, including both publicly-funded and private OAP providers.
Beginning April 1, 2018, and throughout the re-design phase, the program will not be accepting or approving new applications. Those 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.
MCYS anticipates that the re-designed program will be launched in fall 2018. More information will be provided in the coming months.