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HomeMy WebLinkAboutMemos to Trustees - Memo 18-026 Care and/or Treatment Custody, and Correctional Education Programs (M.F. McHugh) OTTAWA-CARLETON DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD MEMORANDUM Memo No. 18-026 TO: Trustees Student Trustees FROM: Jennifer Adams, Director of Education and Secretary of the Board Olga Grigoriev, Superintendent, Learning Support ServicesCF1 DATE: 23 February 2018 RE: Care and/or Treatment, Custody, and Correctional Education Programs (M.F. McHugh) The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) have a longstanding partnership to provide Section 23 programs for English Public and English Catholic school-aged students through the M.F. McHugh Education Centre (which will now commonly be referred to as Care and/or Treatment, Custody, and Correctional Education Programs or CTCC). Section 23 programs and services are therapeutic, educational programs provided to students in care and/or treatment, custody, and correctional facilities. Some of the programs are available for direct referral from the OCDSB (i.e., day treatment) via the Ottawa Children's Coordinated Access and Referral Services. The Coordinated Access Committee is responsible for the selection of students from both the OCDSB and OCSB into day treatment programs. The other programs require either a direct referral from a hospital or a court order. Presently, the OCSB is the lead school board in the operation of McHugh which means they submit the application for funding, manage the funds, and are the first point of contact with the community partner agencies. The OCDSB provides both elementary and secondary teachers to McHugh programs, by way of secondment arrangements with the OCSB. OCDSB teachers seconded to McHugh continue to be members of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) or the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF). Although it has changed over the years, currently the principal of McHugh is from the OCSB, while until recently, the vice-principal was an OCDSB employee. Effective January 2018, the acting vice-principal is an OCSB employee. The McHugh programs are funded annually by the Ministry of Education (MOE) through an application process. Presently, the responsibility of completing and submitting the application is undertaken by the McHugh Education Centre on behalf of both the Memo No. 18-026 CTCC Education Programs (M.F. McHugh) Page 1 OCDSB and OCSB. Once funding is approved by the MOE, funds flow to the McHugh Education Centre for teaching salaries via the provincial Grants for Student Needs. These funds are managed by the OCSB and they are considered to be the "banker board". In addition to this funding, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) provides comparable funding to various local therapeutic partners to support clinical supports and youth workers, etc., to these programs. The agencies funded by the MCYS for McHugh Day Treatment (Coordinated Referral Programs) in community schools are as follows: • The Royal Mental Health Centre (ROMHC); • Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO); • Crossroads Children's Centre; • Roberts/Smart Centre; and • The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa (CAS). The agencies funded by the MCYS where clients are admitted directly into and staff work in partnership with McHugh on site at the agency location are as follows: • Youville Centre; • Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC); • Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (ROMHC); and • Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The Youth Custody and/or Correctional Service agencies that work with McHugh are as follows: • Youth Services Bureau (YSB); • Youth Intervention Services; • Phoenix House for Youth; and • The Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC). For a description of each program and location, please see Appendix A. All of the programs above provide a total of 301 client spaces available to be shared between both school districts. While we have teaching staff assigned to the program, all teachers teach students from both districts. The Section 23 programs provide important resources and supports for some of our most vulnerable students and their families. Staff is working with our partners at the OCSB and with the community agencies to ensure that we continue to provide the best learning and support opportunities through these programs. Attach. cc Senior Staff Special Education Advisory Committee Manager of Board Services Corporate Records Memo No. 18-026 CTCC Education Programs (M.F. McHugh) Page 2 Appendix A to Memo 18-026 Program Site Location Therapeutic Partners _ Grade Range Steps to Success St. Luke's Elementary Psychiatry (on consultation), Psychology, Senior Kindergarten - ASD (high functioning), anxiety, (OCSB) Speech and Language, Occupational Grade 8 ADHD, depression, other mental Therapy, Social Work health challenges interfering with school functioning Crossroads Children's Centre Frank Ryan Elementary Collaborative Problem Solving, home Grade 1 - 6 Day Treatment Program (OCDB) based services, individual therapy for Mandate is to work with children and parent and/or child(ren), family therapy, families struggling with severe psycho-educational assessment emotional, social and behavioural depending on appropriateness of difficulties candidate Roberts/Smart Centre— Fisher Fisher Park Individual counselling —family Grade 7-8 Park McHugh Day Treatment Intermediate (OCDSB) support/psycho-educational groups Externalizing/internalizing behaviours with mental health challenges Children's Aid Society of Ottawa— St. Paul Secondary Individualized IEP with varied classroom Grades 9 and above McHugh Day Treatment Program (OCSB) behaviour modification strategies, Priority given to students with CAS social/life skills (youth groups i.e. involvement, externalized behaviour assertiveness training, problem solving, issues (oppositional, conduct communication skills and health issues) disorder) and psychological services Back on Track (Children's Immaculata Secondary Primarily milieu based therapy, daily Grade 9— 12 Hospital of Eastern Ontario) (OCSB) skills building groups i.e. anxiety, Significant history of absenteeism depression, anger, social skills, etc. from school due to primary support for students and/or parents internalizing disorder(s) such as provided by CYC; psychiatric, anxiety, social phobia/school psychological, OT and SLP consult, avoidance and/or depression assessment, services, if needed Royal Ottawa Mental Health Brookfield Secondary Psychiatrist, social worker, psychological Grades 7 — 12 Centre (ROH) Adolescent Day (OCDSB) associate and child/youth counselors. Treatment Unit Collaborative problem solving process to Adolescents who have early onset facilitate therapeutic intervention of complex mental health needs, which interfere with their ability to attend the mainstream school /!-- This code was added to remove the metadata from document view in Weblink -->