ONTABA Calls for Investments to Quell Continuing Reliance on Crisis Intervention and Emergency Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
August 24 2016 Toronto, Ontario - There are over 61,000 people living with developmental disabilities in
Ontario. The Ombudsman's Investigation of Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Crisis was initiated after
more than 1400 complaints were received about services for Ontarians with developmental disabilities. The
report highlights significant gaps in community social services and health care that frequently result in crisis
situations and inappropriate placement of individuals in emergency departments, psychiatric facilities, long-
term care homes, and prisons. Many individuals with developmental disabilities remain unidentified by social
services and face homelessness.
The Ombudsman's report outlines the effectiveness of behaviour analytic services in improving the dire
situation of adults with developmental disabilities in many cases, but identifies the tragic unavailability of
these important services. The Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) strongly urges an
interministerial strategy of well-funded, dedicated behaviour analytic clinical services and staff training to
address the continued reliance on crisis intervention, the overuse and misuse of psychotropic medication and
the strain on emergency services. Although they can be preventative and life-changing, behaviour analytic
services are often mobilized only once a person with complex needs is already in crisis. By this point many
individuals have been struggling for a long-time without receiving the level of support they require. This takes
a significant emotional toll on the person in crisis, their family and the staff who support them. Each day a
person spends in crisis is a day they are not leading a fulfilling life and unfortunately these crises often last
As practitioners, many behaviour analysts provide life-changing clinical supports to individuals living with
developmental disabilities. Unfortunately, many social service and health care agencies do not have
dedicated behaviour analytic services and the agencies that do often have excessive waitlists, large
consultant caseloads, and limited quality assurance mechanisms. There is a large body of research
demonstrating the efficacy of behaviour analytic services in treating the challenging behaviours associated
with the crises described in the Ombudsman's report and in teaching adaptive skills that promote
independence. An investment in behaviour analytic services is an investment in the health and safety of
adults with developmental disabilities.
ONTABA advocates for an interministerial response that addresses service gaps and provides access to
responsive, high-quality, evidence-based behaviour analytic services. ONTABA looks forward to working with
the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ontario Ombudsman to implement the many
important recommendations outlined in the report.
ONTABA is the largest professional organization representing behaviour analysts in Canada. We serve as a
resource for practitioners and consumers of behaviour analytic services, a respected community partner, and
a dedicated advocate for individuals in need of life-changing behaviour analytic services. Our mission is to
demonstrate leadership, knowledge, and innovation in education, training, and research for the ethical and
effective application of behaviour analysis.
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the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis, is an Affiliate
Chapter of the Association
for Behaviour Analysis International. ONTABA currently has
members from professions such as education, nursing, health
care and psychology.
Fostering a culture of excellence, integrity, and expertise
for the advancement and promotion of the science of behaviour
To demonstrate leadership, knowledge, and innovation in education,
training, and research for the ethical and effective application
of behaviour analysis.
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