Patient & Caregiver Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Welcome to the Developmental Disabilities Consulting Program - (DDCP)
DDCP offers integrated expertise and evidence based practice to promote an interprofessional collaborative client-centered model of community care in an effort to address disparities in health care provision to the population of developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. We are a combination of fee-for-service and publicly funded services.
We are team of professionals who will work with you and your doctor to make sure you receive the best care possible.
DDCP team members are specialists who take care of people with developmental disability and/or autism spectrum disorders: child and adult psychiatrists, psychologists, and an occupational therapists.
On this page you will find some common questions people have about our program. If you have a question that is not answered here, please call us at 613-549-7944 and just ask!
How does the program work?
You, a caregiver, healthcare provider or your family doctor sends a referral form to DDCP for Psychiatry, Occupational Therapy or Psychology. You or your loved one must have a diagnosis of developmental disability and/or autism spectrum disorder to meet criteria to be seen.
Both Psychology and Occupational Therapy are fee-for-service (please see services page to download our fee schedule)
Psychiatric services are covered by OHIP and no fees are charged. A physician's referral is required
A member of the DDCP team will phone you to set up a time to meet with you and your caregiver(s) in your home if you meet criteria for the program. If you do not, we will do our best to direct you to the appropriate service.
What information is collected?
To provide you the optimal care you need, we will need to ask about your childhood, health history, schooling, where you live and other important things about your health and background.
How is this information used? Who will have access to my information?
Your information will help our clinical team to work with you to create your treatment plan. The DDCP Team is an interprofessional team which means that all of the team members will review your information together to provide the best comprehensive interprofessional care plan possible. Your file will be securely stored in a locked file accessible only by DDCP.
What happens next?
The DDCP team will review your intake information and make recommendations for assessment and/or treatment and suggest your next steps with the team.
*You will be called by the team's administrative assistant, to book your clinic appointment.
What should I do when I arrive at the clinic?
Please check in with the receptionist at your clinic location when you arrive. Don't forget to bring your completed forms if you haven't mailed them back already.
What will happen at a clinic? Who will I see?
You will see one or more clinicians from the interprofessional team depending on your care plan.
Who should come with me?
You will want to bring family or someone with you who knows you well.
How long is this visit?
The visit should take about 1 hour if you are attending an appointment with a single clinician. If you are seeing more than one clinician the visit will be longer, approximately 2 hours.
Can I ask questions?
Yes, please do! Our clinicians want to work together with you to reach your healthcare goals.
How will DDCP work with my family doctor?
We will send your family doctor a report about your personal health history, assessments you have had completed with us and any recommendations we have for your care and treatment.
Will DDCP share the results of my assessments and reports with my developmental service worker or other advocate?
If you would like DDCP to send copies of your assessments and reports to someone other than your family doctor, please let us know and appropriate consents can be signed.
Can you help me find other services in my region?
DDCP clinicians are experienced in helping people find the services they need throughout Southeastern Ontario. Through your work with the team, they will help you find the programs and services you need, closest to your home.
If you would like to read more about other services available, please click here to visit our Patient & Caregiver Resources Links page.
Frequently Asked Questions - General
What is DDCP?
DDCP is the Developmental Disabilities Consulting Program. It is a specialized, interprofessional service and teaching program concerned with the complex health and mental health needs experienced by children and adults with developmental disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders.
Who is this program for?
DDCP offers integrated expertise and evidence based practice to promote an interprofessional collaborative client-centered model of community care in an effort to address disparities in health care provision to the population of developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.
The DDCP clinical service is available to children and adults diagnosed with a developmental disability and/or autism spectrum disorder residing in the six counties served by the Southeastern Local Health Integration Network (SE-LHIN): Hastings & Prince Edward, Frontenac Lennox & Addington, Lanark, Leeds & Grenville. Included in this population are individuals with autism spectrum disorder who may not necessarily have an intellectual disability, but have physical, social, and/or mental health concerns.
Why would a referral be made to DDCP?
Some common reasons of referral to DDCP include:
- Diagnosis and assessment
- Concerns about medications
- Behavioural challenges
- Family or caregiver stress
- Functional decline in managing day to day activities
- Advocacy with schools and service agencies
How are DDCP services accessed?
Referrals to DDCP can be made by calling 613-549-7944 and/or faxing our referral form to 613-549-7387.
*Referral for psychiatric assessment and followup must be accompanied by a physician referral for billing purposes.
What is unique about DDCP services?
DDCP's interprofessional team provides comprehensive health and mental health services by professionals specializing in developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder including a psychiatrist, psychologist, a social worker and an occupational therapist.