Community Outreach Program

What is Community Outreach Program?

The Community Outreach Program partners with Community Living Sioux Lookout and Surrey Place Centre (MMW program). This partnership enhances our ability to provide clinical services and resources (via videoconferencing) to adults (18 years and older) living with developmental disabilities, mental health issues, behaviour challenges difficult to diagnose, or others who simply need help with their medications. This services focuses on adults living with developmental disabilities in the First Nation communities.

What is MMW?

MMW stands for the Mashkikiiwininiwag Mazinaatesjigan Wichiiwewin program. The MMW program uses video conferencing technology to provide northern Ontario communities with enhanced access to clinical services and resources for adults living with developmental disabilities.

What is a Developmental Disability?

Developmental disabilities are sometimes referred to as intellectual disabilities or mental retardation. Some common types of developmental disabilities include: Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Autism. People will a developmental disability have intellectual skills and everyday living skills substantially below others their age and often require support in many aspects of life. A developmental disability is a life-long condition.

Who will benefit from this program?

This program benefits people living with developmental disabilities who:

  • also have mental disabilities
  • have challenging behaviours
  • are difficult to diagnose
  • need help with their medication

Through video conferencing individuals, families and professionals will be able to share resources and information even when separated by significant geographic distances. By providing services where and when people need them, the project enables adults with developmental disabilities to continue to live in their homes in their community.

What services will be provided by the MMW Program? A team of professionals work together to provide assessment, treatment, education and consultation in the following areas:

  • Psychiatry
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Speech and Language Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy

What is an assessment?

An assessment is an investigation by a professional (ie: psychologist, speech-pathologist and behaviour therapist) aimed at better understanding an individual and their situation.

Assessments may provide a diagnosis and/or offer recommendations for treating different kids of problems. For example, a psychiatric assessment could be done to find out if a person is suffering from Depression and recommendations for treatment, such as counseling or medication, might be given. Psychological assessments can be very important for people with developmental disabilities because they can help explain why a person has problems in everyday life and what kinds up supports will help them manage better.