Developmental Services Network

The Developmental Services Network was established in 2000 as directed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to act as a local planning table for supports to adults with an intellectual/developmental disability in HKPR. It has grown out of combining an existing Tri-County Senior Staff Working Group of service providers and those in Northumberland County, meeting together to share information and to work in collaboration.

The original Senior Staff Working Group was a partnership of service providers, the Ministry, and other relevant stakeholders, with a shared purpose of developing a Strategic Plan for a collaborative, community-based service system for adults with intellectual disabilities. Northumberland County had similar planning groups.

As community processes, access mechanisms, agency accountability, and the move to regional planning systems evolved through the implementation of "Making Services Work for People", the Senior Staff Working Group developed the DSN-HKPR. It is now a group of Ministry transfer payment organizations with a broader mandate to help guide the direction of the Developmental Services Sector in Haliburton, Peterborough, Northumberland Counties, and the City of Kawartha Lakes, working in partnership with the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

The DSN-HKPR follows the Central East Region Adopted Values when providing supports to individuals with intellectual disabilities. They are as follows:

  • Choice/Self-Determination - People must have meaningful inclusion in the decision-making process as to what supports will be provided, and their wishes/choices must direct the planning process.

  • Right/Dignity - All people with a developmental disability must be respected for their human worth and dignity, and be ensured the same rights and responsibilities of other community members.

  • Equal Access to Services - People should have equal access to services based upon needs.

  • Freedom from Abuse and Neglect - People need to be safe both within and outside the service delivery system.

  • Enhanced and Strengthened Natural/Informal Supports - Families and social networks of those with disabilities need to be supported and respected. People with disabilities should not become disconnected from family, friends, and community as a result of their disability. Loving families and caring social networks are the important factors in ensuring healthy, well-adjusted, and community-connected people with developmental disabilities.

  • Collaboration - Collaboration between agencies, unions, and ministries are key factors in realizing the service principles of Making Services Work for People:  improved access, coordinated services, and best use of resources.

  • Accountability - The Central East Regional Office expects transfer payment agencies to utilize allocated funds to provide services effectively and efficiently within the values and principles that it has adopted.