SCHOOL SUPPORT PROGRAM –
CONNECTIONS FOR STUDENTS
The School Support Program (SSP) at Surrey Place has lead the Connections for Students (CFS) service across the Toronto region since 2010. Partnering with local school boards in the Toronto region, we support seamless transitions for students exiting intensive clinical programs and entering or re-entering classrooms within those school boards. The Connections for Students (CFS) service engages in best practices through Transition Planning Meetings with families, targeted consultation, training, resource development and distribution. Over the years, the School Support Program has successfully transitioned thousands of students entering publicly funded school boards across the Toronto region.
The Connections for Students program began as a joint initiative between the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (formerly the Ministry of Children & Youth Services) and the Ministry of Education.
To be eligible for this program, children must be completing their government-funded Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI). The clinician in charge has to also indicate the need for transition supports to school by contacting the School Support Program Manager.
Transition Planning Meetings (TPM) are embedded in the CFS service and set by school board personal who include relevant stakeholders for each student’s transition. These take place in the school setting every 4-6 weeks, throughout the transition service.