(Queen’s Park) – Today, the newly created Select Committee on Developmental Services sat for the first time. Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones MPP has been appointed as one of three Progressive Conservative (PC) members of the Select Committee, and was excited for the Committee’s work to finally begin.
“My PC Caucus colleague Christine Elliot has been calling for this Select Committee on Developmental Services for over a year,” Jones said. “Ontario needs a long-term plan to address the growing gap in services for those living with an intellectual disability.”
A Select Committee of the Ontario Legislature has a much broader mandate and scope than Standing Committees of the Legislature. This is one of the reasons establishing a Select Committee on Developmental Services was important. In order to conduct a comprehensive review of developmental services in Ontario fully, the committee needs to be able to review multiple ministries and programs.
“Right now, programs and services are delivered across multiple ministries with no overreaching strategy or coordination among them,” Jones said. “The Select Committee will have the power to review these programs from an individual’s perspective to see how we could better enhance their coordination, and as a result ideally improve developmental services in Ontario.”
“I have heard from many families in Dufferin-Caledon who are frustrated with the lack of service and difficulties in accessing services that are provided by different ministries,” said Jones. “Families and individuals living with developmental disabilities have many challenges and accessing services shouldn’t be one of them.”
Jones said, “With roughly 100,000 to 200,000 Ontarians living with an intellectual disability or who are dually diagnosed, the need for a comprehensive, long-term plan for the developmental services sector grows more pressing by the day.”
Jones concluded, “The problems I hear all too often in my community are also occurring across Ontario. This is why I asked to participate in this committee, and why I am looking forward to seeing some comprehensive results come out of it.”
To read more about what Jones is doing on behalf of Dufferin-Caledon residents in the Legislature, please visit: www.sylviajonesmpp.ca.