Agency Update - Covid-19
Following the direction of the Provincial Government Effective January 14, 2021 DSLG has transitioned to a working with precautionary measures model to ensure the safety of the individuals we are supporting and staff. In keeping the safety of our individuals and staff as a top priority, we will transition most staff to working from home to mitigate the risk to all for the duration of the stay at home order. We will re-evaluate the risks throughout this period and extend the time frame if necessary. This means all location doors will be locked and face to face interactions will be limited. If you receive supports from DSLG your coordinator will be in contact with you throughout this period and support you in the safest way. Please know we will still continue to operate and provide services and supports to individuals during this time period as best as possible.

Short-Term Treatment Home

Short-term treatment is provided to individuals with a developmental/intellectual disability and/or dual diagnosis who are experiencing personal difficulty, or require a behavioral, adaptive, or medication review/assessment. The goal of the Short-Term Treatment Home is to provide a supportive daily living environment through teaching adaptive and living skills, and strategies to deal with changing behavior, to allow the individual to return back to their home or community. This is achieved through 24/7 staffing and residential counselors providing teaching and positive support strategies to the individual to develop new skills and personal growth, and to work with the individual's support system. Individualized planning is based on a risk management model, and follow-up is determined based on this plan, as necessary.

The Short-term Treatment Home consists of 4 residential beds, two community beds, as well as two beds for our partnership with the ROH Dual Diagnosis Transitional Rehabilitation Housing Program (DD TRHP).

A referral for admission to the community beds may be considered once all other service options have proven unsuccessful. The program staff work closely with the referring agency, community partners, and are supported by our professional services within the agency, such as our Specialized Services team which provides consultations and supervision in psychiatric, psychological, behavioral, OT, and Social work, when required. Transitional support and follow-up is provided (if required) during the discharge process.

The Short Term Treatment Home also provides after hour support to individuals and families through a telephone response to provide active listening and problem solving solutions. If available resources (staffing), a mobile response may be necessary, however it the situation is intense and/or requires immediate attention, the police or hospital may need to respond.

The Dual Diagnosis Transitional Rehabilitation Housing Program (DD TRHP) is a partnership between the Developmental Services sector and the ROH, which was introduced in 2016. This program supports individuals with developmental disabilities and/or a dual diagnosis who are on a forensic ward under an Ontario Review Board (ORB) disposition. These individuals have been deemed not criminally responsible, or unfit to stand trial, as a result of conflict with the law. The Short Term Treatment Home is a transitional program to teach, support, and develop daily living skills to allow these individuals to return to the community as participating citizens.

Our Services

Youth and Adult Supports

Youth and Adult Community Counsellors (also known as Adult Protective Service Workers) provide a range of services to youth and adults.

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Specialized Services

A variety of specialized services are available for both children and adults. These include; Psychological Services, Behavioural Services, Social Work Services, Psychiatric Clinic, Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy as well as Occupational Therapy (OT)

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Community Participation Supports

Supports are designed to provide adults living with a developmental/intellectual disability with meaningful leisure, recreational and community outings. A variety of individualized activities emphasize integrated community outings and assist individuals to achieve personal growth and develop relationships with others.

Foundations / Transitions

For young people who have a developmental/intellectual disability and their families, the transition from school to adult life presents additional challenges.

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Respite Services

DSLG facilitates a number of respite options for both children and adults. Referrals are considered on an individual basis, depending on the needs and length of respite required.

Family Home

Family Home expands the range of residential options available in the community and allows individual needs to be met in a more flexible and personal manner.

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Teaching Respite

Teaching Respite was designed to offer adolescents and young adults opportunities to learn and practice adaptive skills necessary for independent living in a safe and supervised setting, while at the same time providing their families with a weekend of respite.

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Distress Centre

The Distress Centre provides a confidential crisis telephone service to anyone in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville needing support and assistance.

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Snoezelen is a concept in which an indoor environment is created mainly to produce gentle relaxation, security and comfort by using controllable stimuli.

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Inclusive Child Care

The Inclusive Child Care Program provides early identification and intervention services for children enrolled in licensed child care settings.

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Short-Term Treatment Home

Short-term treatment is provided to individuals with a developmental/intellectual disability and/or dual diagnosis who are experiencing personal difficulty, or require a behavioral, adaptive, or medication review/assessment.

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Student Awards

Three student awards are available to a first year student pursueing a career related to the field of developmental disabilities.

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