Overview of Non-mandated Services Provided by Weechi-it-te-win

Services offered within the Nanaandawewenin Team at Weechi-it-te-win are primarily non-mandated or voluntary services.

1. Devolved Programs and Services

Weechi-it-te-win Family Services provides funding for a community Family Counsellor through its non-mandated funding contracts. This position is enhanced through devolution of the CMH 0-18 funding, which is provided to the First Nation quarterly if the Family Counsellor has met all service objectives for that funding.

In 2015, Weechi-it-te-win devolved a new child welfare position titled "Family Preservation Worker". The Family Preservation Worker program is an instrumental position to each team in reuniting families or providing intensive support to strengthen families that are "at risk" of further child welfare intervention.

In 2019, Weechi-it-te-win successfully applied for ISC prevention funding to provide a Youth Worker, Addictions Worker and Cultural Worker in each of the 10 First Nations. These positions are 100% prevention funded and their programs are prevention oriented.

2. Clinical Services Coordination

The Clinical Services Coordinator is responsible for administering all psychological services for Weechi-it-te-win Family Services. Referrals for psychological, psychometric, psycho-educational assessments for children in care are coordinated through this program.

The Clinical Services Coordinator is also responsible for building capacity and supporting the First Nation Family Counselling Program. Various accredited clinical training opportunities are provided each fiscal year, as well as information sessions, networking sessions (peer supervision), clinical supervision consults with Dr. Peter Braunberger, and cultural teaching/skill building sessions. Some trainings are provided directly by the Clinical Services Coordinator and other trainings are contracted through various organizations, professionals, and traditional knowledge keepers.

The Clinical Services Coordinator serves a lead for WFS Crisis Response Services. It the responsibility of the Clinical Services Coordinator to implement Weechi-it-te-win's Crisis Response Policy and manage WFS resources through ongoing consultation with the community and other partnering agencies that provide crisis services.

3. Tele-mental Health Program

Weechi-it-te-win Family Services is the Indigenous Tele-Mental Health Service Coordinating Agency for the First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Aboriginal communities in Service Area 6. Weechi-it-te-win is the Coordinating Agency for all Community-Based Aboriginal Mental Health Service Providers in this area. The area covers approximately 800,000 km2 of beautiful northwest and northeast Ontario from the U.S. Border of the Kenora/Rainy River Districts, and northward to Fort Albany, Moosonee, and Timmins in the Cochrane District.

We are able to provide access to specialized mental health consults to children and youth using videoconferencing on the Ontario Tele-Medicine Network and Keewaytinook Okimakinak eHealth. We connect children and youth to a specialists from one of three (3) Hubs; The Hospital for Sick Children, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, or the Child and Parent Resource Institute who can address their issues. Weechi-it-te-win's Tele-mental Health Program is child and youth centered and sensitive to the social, linguistic, and cultural diversity of the families in the northern communities. The Tele-mental Health program is a cost-effective program as children, families, and workers no longer have to pay high costs or travel hundreds of miles to consult with a psychiatrist.

4. Children's Mental Health 0-18

This funding is devolved quarterly to the First Nation Family Counselling Program based of their adherence to the service objectives within the agreement.

5. Youth in Transition Program

The goal of the Youth-in-Transition (YIT) Program is to provide further support to our youth as they make a successful transition out of the child welfare system into adulthood. The YIT Worker will assist eligible youth in creating a client service plan, outlining their goals, identifying their strengths, and determining which resources and supports are needed to ensure success in adulthood.

The Youth in Transition Program offers individual ongoing support to children in care or youth who are on Extended Care Maintenance ages 15-25. This program also offers skill building and educational programming to all youth within this age group to ensure all youth have the skills and knowledge necessary to navigating the system as adults.

Resources and Supports may include:

  • Life Skills - budgeting, household management, communication skills
  • Housing Support - resources, applications
  • Educational Resources - funding, applications
  • Employment & Training Resources - resume writing, interview skills, job entry training
  • Assist with the process for disability services (DSO)

6. WFS Main Office Family Counselling Unit

The WFS Family Counsellor program does not duplicate services being provided at each of the 10 First Nations. This program is in no way meant to replace the Family Counsellor program that is funded at the community. The primary duties of the WFS Family Counsellors are to provide counselling and/or services to children with multiple and/or complex needs and their families. Children in care that are currently presenting a need for treatment can also be referred to WFS Family Counsellors.

7. Family Healing Program

The Family Healing Program is a 3 phase model that offers outreach, healing, and aftercare to families in need. The pre-treatment phase includes a brief assessment of strengths/needs and ensures readiness for the next phase. Phase 2 - is the 15 day outpatient Family Healing Program. The 15 day program is a trauma informed, culturally focused healing process that includes group therapy and cultural engagement. Phase 3 - the after-care program, ensures follow up sessions and service coordination for families that have completed the program for a period of at least 6 months.

8. Developmental Support Services

Weechi-it-te-win's Developmental Support Services is a trauma informed, culturally safe service. Occupational Therapy Assessments are provided through a partnership with Creative Therapies out of Thunder Bay. Recommendations from assessments are carried out by the 2 Developmental Therapists under the supervision of a licensed OT. The program also provides early intervention programs, system navigation, respite, and a visiting grandparents program to assist families with children who have exceptional needs. Cultural Development is an integral part of DSS, and as such, a Cultural Developmental Therapist provides individual and group based cultural therapies for families involved with the program. In 2020 DSS received notice through ISC that approved application to deliver speech and language services. These services will be delivered in 2021 within the First Nation communities.

9. Housing Support Worker

This program was implemented in 2018. The goal of this program is to address housing/stable living needs of youth leaving care or those that have left care. Another goal is to ensure the safety of youth through assisting them with locating safe living situations. A major component of this program is to prevent situations where trafficking or other high risk situations may occur. The HSW provides ongoing training and life skills development to help youth live in a semi-independent or fully independent setting.

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