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The Residential Services Review Panel Report

Ontario commissioned a Residential Services Review Panel in 2015 to assess the child and youth residential services system. The panel provided recommendations in their report, Because Young People Matter, regarding the availability of services needed by children and youth.

The Minister released a statement to address the panel’s report.

Residential Services

Sometimes it's not possible for children and youth with special needs to live at home.

Residential settings include group homes, foster homes, provincially operated facilities and youth justice open and secure custody/detention facilities.

Children and youth may be placed in residential settings by parents, children's aid societies, community access mechanisms or in the case of youth justice, ordered through the courts.

The children and youth come from a variety of backgrounds and may have a multitude of needs. Residential settings provide a range of services from basic accommodation, care and supervision in a family home setting to specialized programs in treatment settings for children and youth with complex special needs or who are medically fragile.

Here are some examples of the types of services provided in some residential settings:

Residential services are provided by a number of service providers who are licensed and/or funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Service providers must meet the requirements and regulations of the Child and Family Services Act.

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The summary report (PDF) on the findings of the Expert Panel on the Standards of Care for the Administration of Psychotropic Medications to Children and Youth Living in Licensed Residential Settings is now available.

The panel included leading health and social service professionals with expertise in psychotropic drugs and residential services.

Copies of the panel's full report are available by request at