Developmental Disability Services/Telemedicine Program
SLFNHA's Developmental Disability Services/Telemedicine office is located at 61 B King Street and houses SLFNHA's MMW/Transitions Program, Complex Care Case Coordinator Program, Telemedicine Program, and Jordan's Principle.
MMW (Mashkikiiwininiwag Mazinaatesijigan Wichiiwewin) /Transitions Program
The MMW/Transitions Program works with adults 18 years of age and older and their families living with developmental disabilities who may have mental health issues, challenging behaviours, who may require assessment for eligibility to services, are difficult to diagnose and/or need help with their medication. By providing services where and when people need them, the program enables adults with developmental disabilities to continue to live in their homes in the community.
Complex Care Case Coordinator Program
Under the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, SLFNHA is funded for two Complex Care Case Coordinator positions,. The Complex Care Case Coordinator Program provides intensive case management and coordination for complex special needs children and youth up to the age of 18 years. These children may present with complex/multiple needs (physical and mental and challenges) that require services that are not normally provided by a children’s mental health program. These children and youth fit the definition of special needs when they require services beyond the family’s capacity.
The Telemedicine Program is a confidential service used within SLFNHA to provide clinical, education, and administrative conferences and sessions.
There are more than 25 communities in the Sioux Lookout area that have video conferencing units in local nursing stations or health centres. With these units, patients and clients can "see" their doctor or specialist without leaving the community.
Video conferencing also serves as a follow-up tool to encourage clients and service workers to engage in a timely fashion.
SLFNHA has recently been funded through Jordan’s Principle (First Nation Inuit Health Branch) to expand the Complex Care Case Coordinator Program. This new initiative supports a full delivery of services at SLFNHA will ensure that First Nations children, youth and families in our area have equitable access to needed developmental services. Our vision for service delivery will also involve the development of a culturally sensitive service model for Normative Rehabilitation Services ensuring that service is culturally safe and utilizes traditional practices.