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Sunday November 6th, 2011

Posted at 10:30am

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Two local groups who  provide mental health services for local children the Regional Children’s Centre and Glengarda Child & Family Services have agreed in principle to have one service provider. “Better service for children and families is the ultimate goal,” emphasizes Tony Gualtieri, Chair of the Board of Directors of Glengarda Child and Family Services.

Together with community consultation, they have developed a model  to serve more children, better; use resources more effectively; and simplify how services are delivered for children and families ages 6-12 in the Windsor-Essex Community. This new service delivery model recommends that services for children (ages 6-12) and their families be delivered through one agency.

By combining resources, a more integrated service system will be created which will be easier for families to access and navigate. More children will be served and provided the right service, at the right time in the right place.

Over the coming months, the planning and timeline will be developed to implement the new model of service delivery. Over time, all programs and services for children ages 6-12 will be delivered from the Regional Children’s Centre. The very best of each organization will be taken to a new and exciting level as the new model is implemented for the collective good.

Both group say that through these transitioning months, service to their clients is of utmost importance, and every effort will be made to continue, or enhance where possible, services to children and families.  For now, services will continue the same until the business plan and transition plan are developed.

“This is an exciting time in our community and we are grateful for the courage of both of our Boards to lead in such a way that better service is provided to children in our community” states Dr. Wilf Innerd, Chair of the Board of Directors of Windsor Regional Hospital.

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