CNSC Ontario is the unified voice of the regional Community Networks of Specialized Care. We influence provincial policy across sectors and achieve an integrated and sustainable specialized service system for people with a developmental disability and mental health issues and/or challenging behaviours (dual diagnosis) as we represent the collective interests of our members.
Our mandate and function is to:
- Coordinate specialized service system
- Enhance service delivery
- Train and build capacity in the community
Building enhanced capacity through an integrated system of specialized services. Through collaboration and coordination, we build efficient and effective cross-sectoral specialized service systems that support people with a developmental disability and mental health need and/or challenging behaviour (dual diagnosis).
The four networks of specialized care were established across the province by the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) as part of the transformation of developmental services. The lead agencies for the four Networks are as follows:
- Northern Ontario – Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca
- Central Ontario (from Waterloo in the west to Peterborough in the east, including Simcoe County and the Greater Toronto Area) – Surrey Place Centre (Toronto), Community Living Huronia (Midland), Central West Specialized Developmental Services (Oakville)
- Eastern Ontario (from Hastings County east to the Quebec border and north to Renfrew County) – Ongwanada and Solution-s
- Southern Ontario (including the Hamilton and Niagara regions and southwestern Ontario) – Bethesda and Regional Support Associates