OAP Urgent Response Services
The Urgent Response Services program will provide time-limited services and supports up to 12 weeks. The program is intended to respond rapidly to a specific need for children and youth up to 18 years of age and registered in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP), with the purpose of preventing further escalation of risk of harm to self, others and/or property.
To be eligible for OAP Urgent Response Services, the child or youth must be:
– Age: 0 – 18yrs
– Registered in the OAP
– Have a new or recently escalated behaviour
High-risk factors include:
– Property destruction
– Violent thinking
– Fire setting
– Harm to animals
– Risk of exploitation
– Self-injurious behaviour
– Suicidal thoughts or behaviour
– Inappropriate sexual behaviour
– Flight risk
Families can self-refer or be referred by other professions. To obtain a copy of the referral form, please click on the link below. Referrals must be accompanied by a signed consent to share form. Referrals can be emailed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org You may also fax completed referral forms to 519-743-4730. To obtain a paper copy of the Referral Form and Consent, contact the main office of SDRC at 519-741-1121. Upon referral, families will be contacted and screened to determine eligibility.
If you are eligible, an Urgent Response Services (URS) Coordinator will work with you to develop an Urgent Response Services Plan. If you are not eligible, the URS Coordinator will help you connect with available services within or outside of the Ontario Autism Program.
Download referral and consent form: https://www.sdrc.ca/wp-content/uploads/PDF/URS-Referrral-Form-and-Consent-Package.pdf
What is not part of the URS?
– URS is not a crisis support service. If, as a result of the screening process, the family is determined to be in crisis, the URS Coordinator will help them connect with appropriate crisis services in the community
– URS does not operate on a 24/7 basis
– Receiving URS does not provide fast-track access to any service within the OAP (including core clinical services) or outside the OAP (such as core mental health services). Families will be referred to other services and will be required to follow their intake protocols and waitlists for service.
– URS is not an out-of-home residential service
– URS does not provide direct funding to purchase supports.
For more details and information on eligibility, visit the Ontario Autism Program website: