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Lieutenant Governor tours Specialized Services for Children and Youth (SSCY) Centre

The Honourable Janice Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba (second from left, in the x-ray room), enjoyed a tour of the recently-opened Specialized Services for Children and Youth (SSCY) Centre.

BY MIKE DALY
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Published Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Part way through her tour of the Specialized Services for Children and Youth (SSCY) Centre, The Honourable Janice Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, paused to write an impromptu assessment on a chalkboard in the facility's outdoor play space.

"This is wonderful," Her Honour wrote.

Throughout her brief tour, Her Honour marveled at the facility's capabilities, praising them for their family-centric focus.

Opened in May, and located in the refurbished Christie Biscuits building at 1155 Notre Dame Avenue, the SCCY centre is expected to welcome up to 70,000 children and youth per year dealing with issues such as autism, physical limitations and hearing impairment. SSCY is an alliance of families, community agencies, regional health authorities, and government departments that provides specialized community‐based services for children and youth to support them in reaching their full potential.

In the past, parents of children and youth with special needs navigating the service system had to face long, tiresome days shuttling between specialists located in various parts of the city. But with the opening of SCCY, that burden has been reduced.

The SSCY Centre - funded in part through a $16.7 million government contribution and a $5.2 million capital campaign - addresses the many recommendations made from many sectors including health, social services and education over the past decade to improve the coordination and integration of services for children and families. SSCY services are delivered using a family-centred approach that brings professionals together to provide expertise in service delivery, research, education and technology.

At more than 92,000 square feet, the newly-refurbished building features a number of amenities, including a brightly-lit atrium, an indoor waterfall, an outdoor play space, and an x-ray suite that allows children to choose their favourite room colour, to increase their engagement in their treatment and feel more at ease in the space.

Some of the specialized services offered at SSCY include:

  • child development services;
  • therapy services including audiology, occupational, physical and speech/language therapies;
  • a communication disorders clinic;
  • rehabilitative services including prosthetics, orthotics, and seating and mobility assessments;
  • the Manitoba Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Centre and the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome outreach team;
  • the Autism outreach team;
  • respite services;
  • Children's disABILITY Services;
  • the Integrated Children's Services team.

The advantages of SSCY's new facility go far beyond its amenities, however. For parents and families, it comes down to the benefits that flow from improved integration. Appointments are organized through a central intake system, reducing the need for parents and their children to navigate appointments with numerous providers in numerous locations. With shared and secure access to patient data, service providers can communicate more readily with each other to create a unified service plan. This allows them to work together to form a team around a child rather than around organizational boundaries.

The result is a client-centred approach where health-care providers and families are on the same page, working toward shared goals.

For more information about SSCY, click here.

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