An Ontario policy on FASD?


My MPP, Mitzie Hunter, reports that The Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) is transforming the child and youth mental health system through the ‘Moving on Mental Health’ plan. Lead agencies are an integral aspect of this transformation. Their role will be to coordinate efforts locally for the 34 geographic service areas in the province.

As it happens, Bonnie, Linda Rosenbaum and I met with the parliamentary secretary to the MCYS Minister yesterday to outline the current state of FASD in Ontario. Granville Anderson is doing some preliminary  consulting about this issue and has promised to keep us informed of developments and would continue to bring us into the conversation as the consultation process continues.

Here are some of the key points we reviewed with Mr. Anderson and his Executive Assistant, Ian McMillan:

General FASD Picture

  • High numbers of Ontarians struggling with FASD: invisible; undiagnosed; limited resources
  • High cost of FASD to…

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