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Special Education/Learning Services
Care, Treatment, Custody and Corrections (CTCC) Programs in Bluewater



We currently have five CTCC programs operating in Bluewater:

Keystone Residence Program – Owen Sound
The residence provides youth in emotional distress the opportunity to work through individual crisis while living away from their familial home.  
When space allows, some community day treatment students will be admitted to the program.

Bluewater Youth Centre
The community day treatment program provides youth with emotional difficulties the opportunity to work through individual issues while attending a day treatment program that includes an educational component.

Hincks-Dellcrest Centre  – Clarksburg (two classrooms)
This twenty-bed residential, treatment facility is located on a farm in the Beaver Valley area.  Treatment in a farm setting has many advantages for programming for youth, but the fundamental agent of change is the group and the group culture.  Building and maintaining a healthy group culture with well-articulated group values is the goal of the program. There are two classrooms located at this site.  

Pine Hill Youth Residences– Chesley Area
This residential program provides therapeutic and educational supports for children in detention or open custody.  

Although a majority of students in Bluewater are able to benefit from attendance at a local school, there are a few students who require additional care, treatment, or custody supports in order to be successful.   CTCC classes provide this additional support:

Care
When necessary for safety or to maintain the well-being of a child, a Bruce Grey Child & Family Services (former Children’s Aid Society) may intervene and remove a child from his/her family home.  For assessment purposes, to maintain educational success, or to support a transition to a community school, it may be necessary for a child in care to access a CTCC program.

Treatment
Statistics from the Canadian Mental Health Association show that “It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder - the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide”.  In Bluewater, there are residential and community day treatment CTCC programs available to support children with mental health issues.

Custody
Youth in detention and open custody facilities have a mandatory educational component to their program.  Information about Youth Justice can be found at the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
An example of a detention and open custody program in Bluewater would be Pine Hill Youth Residence.

Information about CTCC Programs in Bluewater

The CTCC programs in Bluewater meet the needs of children age 12 to 18.  Each program is designed to meet therapeutic and educational needs of individual students.  The average enrolment for each class is eight students.  Each class will have a designated teacher responsible for the development and evaluation of the educational program.  In addition, the partner agency will assign a Child and Youth Worker or Family Resource Worker to the classroom to support the student’s achievement of his/her therapeutic goals.  The Learning Services Administrator responsible for Special Education and an agency supervisor/director also support the classes.

Each child in a CTCC program will have an education plan which describes his/her specific, individualized educational goals.  The education plan will be part of the overall service or treatment plan for the child.  The service/treatment plan will outline the therapeutic goals for the child.

Admission and demission from each CTCC program is unique.  The only consistent guideline is that this process is governed and regulated by the agency partnering with Bluewater.  

Students, parents, teachers and staff associated with a CTCC program have the ability to access a wide-variety of supports depending on the child’s needs.  Bluewater resources can be accessed by the classroom teacher in consultation with the Learning Services Administrator responsible for Special Education.  Agency resources can be accessed by the agency case manager assigned to the child.

CTCC programs in Bluewater are located in various locations.  Examples of locations include a farm and a residential home.

Students in a CTCC program are not considered to be pupils of the board.  Instead, they are registered on a separate roll and reported on the agency attendance register.

Bluewater Partners in Care, Treatment, Custody and Corrections

Bluewater District School Board would like to thank their community partners in delivering necessary care, treatment and detention/custody services to children in need.

Our CTCC partners include:




Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education has set the Guidelines for Approval of Educational Programs for Pupils in Government Approved Care and/or Treatment, Custody and Correctional Facilities (2005-06).

The guiding principles for every CTCc class are outlined in the Essential Elements document released by the Ministry of Education in February 2009.

Additional information and publications for students, parents, teachers and administrators about the initiatives of the Ministry of Education can be found on their website.

Accountability

The Superintendent of Education responsible for Special Education is responsible for the overall supervision of the CTCC programs in Bluewater.  However, the teachers are directly supervised by the Learning Services Administrator.
The teachers are bound by their professional duties and standards as a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.  Staffing guidelines and articles outlined in the teachers’ collective agreements are applied.
The Ministry of Education audits each CTCC program regularly to ensure compliance with their Essential Elements and that data submitted with the board application for Section 23 programs is accurate.

Funding for CTCC Classes

The Superintendent of Education responsible for Special Education must apply to the Ministry of Education on an annual basis for funding to operate each CTCC program.  The Ministry of Education requires that a signed written agreement with each agency be submitted as part of the application process. The board can apply for funding to cover the cost of teacher salaries and benefits and an additional amount per teacher for administrative/consultative services and instructional supplies.  Additional costs such as rental of space, day to day operational costs and support staffing and their supervision are not covered by the Ministry of Education.

Eligible government-approved care and/or treatment facilities are listed in the Legislative Grants Regulation.

Contact Information
For additional information on CTCC programs in Bluewater, please contact Lisa Emke, Learning Services Administrator at 519-362-2014 ext. 2062.






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