Developmental Disabilities Consulting Program (DDCP)
The Developmental Disabilities Consulting Program (DDCP) is a specialized, interprofessional service and teaching program dedicated to the provision of optimal health and mental healthcare for children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. Individuals with developmental disabilities are known to have higher rates of physical and mental health concerns (also known as "Dual Diagnosis") and atypical presentations of illness. Certain conditions commonly occurring in these individuals differ from the general population and families and caregivers often rely on specialized professionals for information and guidance.
DDCP receives referrals for children and adults with developmental disabilities and/or individuals with autism spectrum disorders in Southeastern Ontario. Referrals are reviewed by the team to assess the presenting need and coordinate the relevant team members as required. The services provided by DDCP are described below.
DDCP’s interprofessional team includes disciplines that are essential to the management of comprehensive healthcare for persons with developmental disabilities and their families.
Psychiatry – for identification and management of “dual diagnosis” patients (people with a developmental disability, autism spectrum disorder and co-morbid mental health problems)~ OHIP covered (no fees)
Clinical Psychology – for psychological consultation, diagnostic assessment, school liaison, behavior management and psychotherapy (fee-for-service only)
Occupational Therapy – for promoting independence in self-care, leisure and skill development and family/caregiver education, sensory processing assessment/consultation, counselling, vocational development, staff teaching and training (fee-for-service only)
Physicians who wish to obtain consulting services from DDCP can refer by fax to 613-549-7387.
Families and caregivers can contact DDCP at 613-549-7944
NB: Referral for psychiatry must be accompanied by a physician referral for billing purposes.