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Mamou Pimo Tay Taa
(Family Services - Special Needs Strategy)

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MaMou PimoTayTaa – Together We Walk Special Needs Strategy works towards providing services for children living with exceptional needs. Our goals are to build an innovative system that, once properly resourced, will be available to all children and youth who live in the communities of Attawapiskat, Kashechewan, Fort Albany, Moose Factory, Moosonee and Peawanuck. It is our goal to provide a range of services on a consistent basis in homes, schools and communities. It is our goal to provide locally-supported and consistent services equitable to other children in the province.  

MaMou PimoTayTaa supports families of children and youth from birth to 18, unless still attending school. The program uses a family-centered approach which recognizes that the family is constant in the child’s/youth’s life and the expert in their abilities and needs. Programs consist of coordinated service planning, Jordan’s Principle, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder services.  We also work in close partnership with the Cochrane Temiskaming Children's Treatment Center to provide rehabilitation services.  

The development and implementation of our Special Needs Strategy is done in collaboration with the Cochrane Temiskaming Children's Treatment Centre. 

Please contact our office for more information regarding referral process: 1-800-265-6807 or 705-658-4222.

COORDINATED SERVICE PLANNING

We support families of children and youth with multiple and/or complex educational needs from birth to the age of 18 or the age of 21 if still attending school. It is the goal of the coordinated service planning team to establish one service plan which includes the child's/youth's team and family. 

We assist with:

  • accessing services across sectors

  • bringing together service providers

  • developing one service plan for each child/youth that illustrates the family and child/youth's goals, strengths and needs, as well as all of the services that the child/youth is/will be receiving. 

For more information about this service please contact MarleyKapashesit@mushkegowuk.ca

Coordinated Service Planning

JORDAN'S PRINCIPLE COORDINATION

What is Jordan's Principle?

Jordan's Principle is a child-first mandate which establishes that the government, ministry, or department of "first contact" must pay for services for a First Nations child without delay or disruption of service in the event of a jurisdictional dispute between two government partiers.

This mandate is named after four-year-old Jordan River Anders, from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba, who died in 2003 while government agencies argued over payment of expenses related to his care. 

Full implementation of Jordan's Principle by all levels of government is one of the Calls of Action in the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

Jordan’s Principle Coordination

Many children in Mushkegowuk communities experience unnecessary delays accessing care and services due to intergovernmental and jurisdictional disputes. We are working with the Government of Canada for the full implementation of Jordan's Principle to ensure that all Mushkegowuk children have access to the same level of care and services as all children across Ontario and Canada.

Who is Eligible for Funding?

All First Nation Children who:

  • Are living on or off reserve

  • Are 0-18 years of age

  • Have an unmet need that is not funded through Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) or any other funding source

A referral can be made for a single child or a group of children. Requests can be made dating back to April 2009. 

Jordan's Principle can Cover:

  • developmental screening

  • audiology appointments

  • vision screening

  • educational needs (one-to-one workers, educational equipment)

  • various therapies such as art therapy and animal therapy

  • equipment and resources

  • medical equipment, including: wheelchairs, walkers, special equipment

  • mental health services

  • medical transportation

  • physiotherapy and occupational therapy

  • speech and language therapy

We Will:

  • engage and educate communities about Jordan’s Principle

  • assist and support Mushkegowuk families completing applications for funding and/or health and social services 

  • support communities with completing Service Access Resolution Funds requests when multiple children require support

  • provide follow-up support for families to ensure funding is accessible

What is the Funding Application Process?

  1. We receive a referral. Referrals can be made by any individual who believes a child is eligible for funding. This can be the child's family/caregiver, community worker, or Health Director.

  2. Our Jordan's Principle Coordinator contacts and assists the child's family/caregiver to complete the application either in person or by phone.

  3. The application is sent to the Federal Jordan's Principle Focal Point for review.

  4. Our Jordan's Principle Coordinator will contact families regarding the status of the application.

  5. Our Jordan's Principle Coordinator stays in contact with the child's family/caregiver to ensure funding and services are received.

For more information about this service, please contact KianaJeffries@mushkegowuk.ca

Jordan's Principle Coordination

Rehabilitation Coordination

This service works to liaise with community partners and organizations, including schools, health authorities, Cochrane Temiskaming Children's Treatment Centre and Kids Inclusive in order to streamline and maximize service outcomes of occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy services to the James Bay communities. 

For more information about Rehabilitation Coordination, please contact Jessica.Carter@ctctc.org

Rehabilitation Coordination
FASD Outreach

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Outreach

This program works towards offering lifelong learning opportunities, based on cultural values. We build community capacity, create training opportunities, and build strong relationships with partners. We will provide advocacy and lasting support systems for individuals and families living with FASD. 

For more information about this service, please contact ShelbyHookimaw@mushkegowuk.ca

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