Ongoing Care: Accessing Services
Developmental Disabilities Sector Services
There are nine Developmental Service Ontario (DSO) organizations that cover the province of Ontario. They are the access point for all adult developmental clinical services and community-based services and supports funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS). DSO’s have extensive knowledge of and links to local Developmental Services and Supports (funded and non-funded).
DSO’s will confirm that an individual is eligible for service, which may include reviewing existing psychology reports or helping the individual find out how and where to get a psychology assessment. DSO’s know about local ‘case resolution’ or ‘hard to serve’ processes. DSO’s completes and processes applications for people once they determine that an individual is eligible for service.
Mental Health Sector Services
Some people with mild developmental disabilities and moderate to severe mental health problems may benefit from services delivered by community-based mental health agencies (e.g., case management, housing, day programs).
Ontario does not have central access to mental health services. Some agencies have developed regional partnerships to simplify access to services--these are described in the regional clinical and community-based services pages.
Mental Health Services Information Ontario (MHSIO)--a component of ConnexOntario--maintains a database of information about mental health services. Call 1-866-531-2600 to speak to an information and referral specialist or search the ConnexOntario online directory.