Connecting to services
Services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities connect to services and supports in their communities. For example:
- residential supports
- caregiver respite (a break for family members who care for individuals with 22q11.2DS or other long term health issues)
- community participation supports (like recreation, volunteering, employment, or in-home supports)
- professional and specialized services
- person-directed planning
- other supports to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities become more involved in their communities
- nine agencies across Ontario to serve you.
- funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services.
Services for individuals with mental health conditions
Connex Ontario (formerly the Mental Health Helpline)
- available by phone, chat or email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- provides information regarding many resources.
- Please visit https://www.connexontario.ca/ or call 1-866-531-2600
The Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (Formerly The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario)
- provides information and resources for individuals with mental health issues
- Their goal is to create environments that are more inclusive, positive and accepting for people with mental illness, and to generate solutions that can improve mental wellbeing
- Please visit https://www.iamentalhealth.ca/
The Schizophrenia Society of Canada
- provides information and resources for individuals and families affected by schizophrenia, including treatment, daily living, and advocacy.
- Please visit http://www.schizophrenia.ca/
- a phone service connecting you to social, health, community and related government services.
- Simply call 211 on your phone or visit http://www.211toronto.ca/
Support for Caregivers
Taking care of a family member with a disability requires lots of dedication and hard work. Often, caregivers themselves need a break to prevent burnout. Respite services lets caregivers take a short break from the routine of caring for a family member.
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For more resources, please see our Resources page.