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Keeping you Safe and Supported

Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca is here to help our clients, families and communities. Our offices are open and our services are available with safety measures in place to keep everyone safe and to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We know the past two years have been very hard for people and we are here to support you. Virtual and In-Person Services The health and safety of our clients, families, employees and communities is our top priority and t

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Autism Community Clinics Coming to Pembroke

Hands theFamilyHelpNetwork.ca is hosting a free one-day Autism Community Clinic in Pembroke on Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11, 2022. The in-person community clinics will feature training sessions and provide attendees with access to resources. Caregivers and families will also be able to engage in one-on-one meetings with a Family Service Coordinator and other experts. Visit the website for more information. The Clinics will take place at

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Celebrating Mental Health Week – May 2-8, 2022

Mental Health Week is May 2-8, 2022 Mental Health Week and Children’s Mental Health Week are May 2 to 8, 2022. In recognition of the week, Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca will be offering activities to educate and engage children, youth and families in mental health awareness. Here’s what’s happening at Hands: Self-Care Workshop Free online workshop for caregivers Tuesday, May 3, 2022 11 am to 12 pm Learn about: Stress-reduction techniques a

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Hands garners Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

Hands has earned a $150,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund.  The successful grant was announced on April 20, 2022, at Hands’ Oak Street site by Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. Fedeli announced funding for 11 local organizations with $921,300 to help them offset the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic so they can deliver the best service possible for the people of Nipissing and create a stronger Ontario.

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Free Webinar – Internet Usage and Your Child

Learn about internet usage and its effects on your child’s development and mental health at our free webinar on April 6. Hands is pleased to be partnering with Parents for Children’s Mental Health to bring this presentation to families in Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound and Simcoe. Register online. Internet Usage and Your Child Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 6:00 pm Learn about: Internet usage and children’s mental health Positive and neg

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We Stand Together to Support Respect and Safety for Ontario’s Workers Who Provide Care

A shared statement from Health Service Providers Hands theFamilyHelpNetwork.ca is honoured to share this important statement from our partners in health-care.  The pandemic has been incredibly difficult for many people and communities, and it is not over. At Hands, we are experiencing far higher numbers of employees becoming ill and/or needing to isolate, or care for ill family members due to COVID-19, than at any other time in the pandemic. Th

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Supporting your Anxious Child Webinar

We know the pandemic has been tough on our children and youth. Research from Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) shows that almost 60% of parents have noticed recent behavioural changes in their child. To help families cope, Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork and Parents for Children’s Mental Health are hosting a free webinar for caregivers on Wednesday, March 9 at 6:00 pm. Supporting your Anxious Child March 9, 2022 at 6:00 pm  Caregivers

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Family Day 2022 Weekend Activities

Looking for family-friendly activities to do this weekend? Look no further, we have you covered! Ontario Free Family Ice Fishing Almaguin Family Fun Day – Township of Machar Virtual Kids Fishing Derby Mattawa Nature’s Harmony Trail Muskoka Gravenhurst Winter Carnival Eclipse Light Walk Snow Village – River Mill Park, Huntsville Ice skating: Dorset Community Park and Dwight Bay Road in Lake of Bays. The Muskoka Wharf in Graven

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Family Day 2022 Photo Contest at Hands

Photo Contest – Win $100 gift card! Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork is working to promote family wellness for Family Day 2022 with a Photo Contest, and you can win a $100 gift card to a local restaurant of your choice. To enter, simply upload a photo of your favorite family activity to the Hands Facebook page and use the hashtag #HandsFamilyPhotos.  All correct entries will be entered into a draw for a $100 gift certificate to a local resta

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We are here to help, with more safety measures in place to keep everyone safe

Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca is here to help our clients, families and communities. We continue to provide services and our offices are open with more safety measures in place to help keep everyone safe. We know how stressful the pandemic has been. The recent Ontario government announcement is hard for many people, and the move to remote learning will be tough for some children, youth and families. Virtual and In-Person Services Hands continues

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Halloween Drive-in Movie

Hands is helping families celebrate Halloween this year with a free Drive-in Movie for families on Saturday, October 23. In partnership with Community Living North Bay and One Kids Place, Hands is hosting a screening of the classic animated movie The Addams Family at Northgate Shopping Centre in North Bay. We know the pandemic has been a hard and challenging time for our clients and families and we wanted to provide a fun and safe activity for ev

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The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In June 2021, the Government of Canada announced September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day calls on all Canadians to remember the history of Residential Schools, and the ongoing impacts of its legacy on Indigenous Peoples. It also honours the lost children and Survivors, their families, and communities. September 30 is also Orange Shirt Day. Hands will be open on September 30, 2021. Employees will honour the National

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Keeping Clients, Families and Employees Safe

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Procedure Hands is committed to providing a safe place for our clients, employees, volunteers and other visitors. To help keep everyone safe, we have a new COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Procedure as an added measure of protection against COVID-19. Under the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Procedure, all Hands employees, volunteers, students on placement and contractors are required to be fully vaccinated or regul

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Fall Autism Service Offerings

Goodbye Summer. Hello School. It’s back to school season and Hands’ Autism and Behavioural Services Team is here to help your family adjust to the new routine and support you throughout the year. Hands’ team is excited to share new Fall Foundational Service offerings with you. We have clinics, seminars, support groups and learning events to help children, youth and caregivers. To access these for free, all you need is your OAP registration

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Advisory Committee

Hands, Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions and Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing are looking to make positive change possible in the lives of children, youth and families.   What? We want children, youth and families to help us improve the systems that provide child and youth mental health services and supports in Nipissing, Muskoka and Parry Sound.   Why? We value accessibility, collaboration and engagement in children, youth and

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Survey on Accessing Youth Vaccines

Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork, with our friends at One Kids Place, is helping the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit distribute a survey about young people accessing the COVID-19 vaccine. This brief survey should take 1 to 2 minutes to complete. It is meant to identify any supports needed to help get the COVID-19 vaccine to our clients between the age of 12-17. You can access the survey at: https://chkmkt.com/OKPHANDSYouthVaccine In the surv

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Hands Golf Tournament

Hands Golf Tournament is back! We are excited to share that Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork’s annual Golf Tournament, hosted in partnership with Life Long Planning Group, is making a triumphant return to the North Bay Golf & Country Club on July 26, 2021. Your participation supports Hands in helping children, youth and families who are facing and working through social, emotional, behavioural, developmental and mental health challenges. Registra

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Summer Autism Service Offerings

Our Summer Autism Services line-up is here. Our team of experts continue to deliver services to support you and your family throughout the summer months. We are excited to provide the following summer services for children, youth, caregivers and families.   What services are available? Our summer Autism Services, include: Seminars Clinics Family Support Groups “How-To…” Learning Series “How to…” Learning MINI Series   Ongo

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Coping During Tough Times Webinars

Interactive webinars for youth and families Hands is hosting a series of interactive webinars, presented by Dr. Sachiko Nagasawa of Bay Psychology. Radical Acceptance for Tough Times Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Learn how to survive overwhelming situations. We’ll explore the science behind mindfulness and self-compassion and how to practice radical acceptance during times of uncertainty. CONTACT US TO REGISTER OR LEARN MORE:

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Spring Art Contest at Hands

Hands is hosting a Spring Art Contest Spring has sprung, Mental Health week is arriving May 3-9, and Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca is encouraging everyone to enjoy some fun and creativity, as well as a chance to win a $50 gift card, with Hands’ Spring Art Contest. How do I enter the contest? To enter, simply create a picture that represents the Spring season, snap a photo of it, and post it to the Hands Facebook page using the hashtag #HandsSpr

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Hands services are here for you

Hands is here for you Hands services are available, our doors are open and we have important protections in place to keep everyone — clients, families, and employees — safe. The health and safety of our clients, families, employees, and communities remains our priority. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Hands has been there to offer help for our clients and families.  We are proud to be an essential service and we are here to help during Ont

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Ontario Perception of Care Questionnaire

In May 2021, you will be asked to participate in the Ontario Perception of Care (OPOC) questionnaire. We Value Your Feedback or Your Voice Matters. We appreciate hearing from you about the counselling and therapy services you have received with us. The information you provide will be anonymous, confidential and is part of a province-wide collection designed to help enhance mental health and addiction services. Your name or any personal identifica

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Family Day Photo Contest at Hands

(February 10, 2021) Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork is working to encourage healthy family activities for Family Day 2021 with a Family Day Photo Contest, and you can win a $25 gift card. To enter, simply upload a photo of your favorite family activity to the Hands Facebook page and use the hashtag #HandsFamilyPhotos. You’ll also need to answer this skill testing question: 3+3=? All correct entries will be entered into a draw for a $25 gift certific

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Hands is here to help

January 2021: Hands is open with protections in place to continue helping clients and families during Ontario’s state of emergency and the ongoing pandemic. As an essential service, Hands is able to continue helping clients and families during this difficult time. Our services are operating. Our doors are open and we have taken steps to help keep everyone safe. Virtual Service Hands continues to promote virtual service wherever possible. This f

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Hands is here to help during the lockdown

Hands is here to help during the lockdown The Child and Youth Mental Health Crisis Line is always open at 1-844-287-9072. The Intensive Support and Supervision Program continue to provide services over the holidays with pre-booked appointments. Hands’ Live in Treatment Services continue to operate, with no change to the Community Homes operations, and the Treatment Centre offering mainly virtual supports. Immediately following the holidays, a

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Hands welcomes Ontario’s investment in Mental Health

Hands theFamilyHelpNetwork.ca is pleased that the Government of Ontario, Minister of Health, Christine Elliott and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Michael Tibollo, are recognizing and prioritizing the mental health of children, youth and their families with the commitment of $147 million to address the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the mental health of Ontario’s families. This one-time funding which was req

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Helpful Holiday Mental Health tips from Hands

The Holiday season has arrived, and it is certain to be like no other. The Holidays can be a stressful time for many families, add in a pandemic and a series of measures to help control the spread of the virus, and it’s a potentially difficult mix, especially for families who might already be managing anxiety or mental health issues. To assist, Hands theFamilyHelpNetwork is providing some holiday-based tips for any families who might benefit.

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Autism and the Holidays: Tips for the Holidays from Hands

The holiday season has arrived, and Hands theFamilyHelpNetwork wants to help families celebrate and enjoy the holidays.  For families with children and youth on the Autism spectrum, the holiday season can be a wonderful time and one which can present some specific challenges.  With the COVID-19 pandemic potentially altering many family traditions this year, it could prove more challenging for an individual with Autism. To assist, Hands theFamil

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Thank you to the Rotary Club of Nipissing

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Nipissing for donating a box of 50 face shields to Hands. We appreciate your generosity and dedication to helping our community.

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Virtual Costume Contest at Hands

Virtual Costume Contest at Hands (Northern Ontario) With trick-or-treating and Halloween parties not happening for many families this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hands theFamilyHelpNetwork.ca is stepping up to help ensure kids get the chance to celebrate and show off their spooky and/or super-cute costumes with a Virtual Costume Contest. Hosted by Hands Autism Services, the Virtual Costume Contest is open now. To enter, simply submit a pic

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Update: Virtual and In-Person Services During the Pandemic

An update on services during the pandemic Hands is well prepared to continue to meet the needs of our clients and families. The health and safety of our clients, families and employees remains our priority, informing every decision we make about our services.  Our clients have benefitted from our ability to offer virtual services throughout the pandemic. With the COVID-19 pandemic still very much present, Hands is continuing to prioritize virtua

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Hands ready to help families with children on Autism spectrum

Hands, theFamilyHelpNetwork welcomes the August 4, 2020,  announcement from the honourable Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, regarding the launch of the first phase of Foundational Services for families in the Ontario Autism Program and is ready to help. “We are proud to be recognized as a leading agency in providing Foundational and Core services to families with children on the Autism spectrum,” said Dr. Kar

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Hands continuing to help while planning return

Northern Ontario/North Bay — July 9, 2020 — Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (Hands; the Agency) has continued to successfully help clients and families by providing online and telephone-based services throughout the current pandemic. As Ontario’s economy reopens and Hands plans for a safe return to in-person visits and community work, the Agency will continue to support clients and families with virtual service. This combination of in-person

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New online opportunities from Hands Autism Services

Northern Ontario/North Bay — Autism services at Hands theFamilyHelpNetwork have excelled at meeting the needs of the children and families they work with during COVID-19 and are excited to announce a new series of online learning opportunities for children, youth, families, caregivers and service providers. “We are pleased to say that all of the families we work with have successfully transitioned to virtual service and we have added new clie

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Family in Harmony Photo Contest Winners

May 27, 2020 – The winning photos in the Family in Harmony photo contest have been selected. Erin Graham-Mitchell earned first place and a $500 gift card at a local business for her photo depicting her family band, taking the Family in Harmony theme to heart Second place, and a $300 gift card at a local business went to Lisa Johnston for her photo of her family enjoying some outside adventure at the lake. Third place, and a $200 gift card at a

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Statement on future service resumption during COVID-19 pandemic

On Thursday, May 14, the Ontario government announced that health and community service providers will be permitted to open or expand their services beginning Tuesday, May 19, 2020, provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve. This is part of the first stage of the government’s reopening framework.  You can read the announcement here. Hands demonstrated a consistent presence and commitment to client care and o

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New online service to give local youth a safe spot to chat about mental health

Mental health is vitally important during the COVID-19 pandemic with widespread feelings of anxiety, fear and isolation. Youth may need to talk more about how they’re feeling and coping with the pandemic and local child and youth mental health providers are making it easier for youth to reach out. Starting on Friday, April 24, youth in Muskoka and across the Parry Sound and Nipissing districts will have access to SafeSpot.ca, a new online webch

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Hands celebrating with Light It Up Blue – Autism Services now online

North Bay, ON, April 1, 2020 – Hands theFamilyHelpNetwork is Lighting it Up Blue for World Autism Day this Thursday, April 2. This year’s Light It Up Blue celebrations will be a little different, as the need to maintain physical distancing to stem the spread of COVID-19 means the usual festivities are put on hold.  That isn’t stopping Hands from celebrating, however. The agency will be bathing its physical buildings in blue light to sh

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Hands continues to help during COVID-19

North Bay, ON, March 26, 2020 – Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (Hands) is here to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In response to the current pandemic, the agency has changed the way it serves clients, moving the majority of its services to online and telephone support, and is reassuring families and clients that Hands remains ‘open’. “The safety of our clients, our employees and the public is our top priority and we are happy to r

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Statement regarding December 17, 2019, Ontario Autism Program announcement

On December 17, 2019, the honorable Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS), presented new information regarding the framework for a new sustainable, needs-based Ontario Autism Program. You can watch the announcement on the Government’s YouTube channel here. Hands is committed to our vision to improve the well-being of families and our communities. Over the past few months, in the lead up to this announcement, Ha

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Great Beginnings Volunteers Needed in Muskoka and Parry Sound

Great Beginnings Volunteers Needed in Muskoka and Parry Sound Great Beginnings is a community based program for pregnant women and parents of young children.  Volunteers are needed to provide support for children’s activities, to assist with cooking and/or grocery shopping, and to provide general program support. We are looking for individuals with: Strong interpersonal skills A non-judgmental approach Cultural sensitivity Professionalism

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Youth Survey Seeks Feedback on Mental Health Awareness

Youth Survey Seeks Feedback on Mental Health Awareness Talk to us! We want to hear from youth about the best ways to bring awareness to local mental health supports! Answer our 4 question survey now to have your say! Youth Mental Health Survey

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Office Closures – Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Office Closures Please note that the following sites will be closed on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 as we attend our annual all employee gathering: 2 May Street, Parry Sound 37 Main Street, Sundridge 23 Ball’s Drive, Bracebridge 125 Lisgar Street, Sturgeon Falls To reach us, please call Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca at 1-800-668-8555 and a member of our team will be happy to help. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the

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Holiday Hours and Closures 2019/2020

Holiday Hours and Closures 2019/2020 During the holidays, Hands’ offices will be closed on the following dates: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 Thursday, December 26, 2019 Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Walk-In Counselling Clinics Hands’ Walk-In Counselling Clinics gives children, youth and families the opportunity to meet with a Child and Family Therapist for a free therapy session, to address a mental health concern. Hands’ weekly Walk-In

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Sensitive Santa 2019

Sensitive Santa 2019 Sensitive Santa is a special time to visit with Santa for children with Autism. Bring your child for a ‘sensory friendly’ visit with Santa and enjoy holiday crafts! Families also receive 50% off photo packages. Thank you to our partners: Northgate Shopping Centre and Autism Ontario. Dates: Sunday, November 24, 2019 8:30 am to 10:30 am Sunday, December 1, 2019 8:30 am to 10:30 am Location: Northgate Shopping Cent

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Ontario Autism Program Advisory Panel’s Recommendations Welcomed by Hands

Ontario Autism Program Advisory Panel’s Recommendations Welcomed by Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) released the Ontario Autism Program Advisory Panel (Advisory Panel) Report, providing recommendations for a sustainable, needs-based Ontario Autism Program. At Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (Hands) we have always believed strongly in providing services t

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Hands’ 2018-2019 Annual Report

Hands’ 2018-2019 Annual Report   View Hands’ 2018-2019 Annual Report

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Realizing the Potential: Strengthening the Ontario Mental Health System for Children, Youth and their Families

Realizing the Potential: Strengthening the Ontario Mental Health System for Children, Youth and their Families NOTE FROM THE CHILD AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH LEAD AGENCY CONSORTIUM PROVINCIAL PRIORITIES STANDING COMMITTEE The Child and Youth Mental Health Lead Agency Consortium is committed to the goal of continually improving child and youth mental health services in Ontario so children and youth and their families receive the right services for th

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Sensory Sensitive Halloween Celebrations for Children with Autism

Sensory Sensitive Halloween Celebrations for Children with Autism Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (Hands) is hosting free Sensory Sensitive Halloween Celebrations for children and youth with Autism, and their families, across Northeastern Ontario. Sensory Sensitive events provide children with Autism the opportunity to practice trick-or-treating and other activities associated with Halloween in a safe and inclusive environment. “Halloween can be

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Halloween Tips for Families with a Child with Autism

Halloween Tips for Families with a Child with Autism Halloween can be a fun time for children and their families, but it can also come with some challenging moments. Ensuring an enjoyable Halloween with your child may require some advanced planning. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing ideas and suggestions to help you and your child prepare for this SPOOKY holiday. Also, look for information on Hands’ upcoming Halloween celebrations! Hall

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Potential CUPE Strike

Hands’ Autism Services recognizes the impact of a potential CUPE strike for our clients receiving services in schools. If you have concerns regarding your Behavioural Services, please reach out to your clinical team to discuss options. Call 1.800.668.8555

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‘BREAKFASD’ Events in Muskoka and Parry Sound

Please join Hands and our community partners for ‘BREAKFASD’ – Events to support Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness in our communities! Event locations and details: BreakFASD – Parry Sound – September 9, 2019 BreakFASD – Burk’s Falls – September 11, 2019 BreakFASD – Huntsville September 12, 2019 BreakFASD – Bracebridge – September 13, 2019

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Hands Announces Appointment of New CEO

Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca Announces Appointment of New CEO Cheryl Sutton, Chair of the Board of Directors of Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca, is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Roberts to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (Hands; the Agency), effective December 2, 2019. Ms. Roberts’ appointment is a result of an extensive national search initiated earlier this year by the Agency’s Board o

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One-of-a-Kind Donation Brings Therapy Room to Life

One-of-a-Kind Donation Brings Therapy Room to Life (August 22, 2019) Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (Hands) recently received a one-of-a-kind gift of artwork from the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild (OHCG), whose members across Northern and Western Ontario completed a large design of many ‘hands’ in celebration of the Guild’s 50th anniversary. The OHCG chose to create this piece as it symbolizes the many people who contributed to the art, as wel

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ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT – Little Bookworms: Back-to-School Readiness Clinic

Little Bookworms: Back-to-School Readiness Clinic (ages 4-6) Only 2 spots left! We understand the stress that comes with summer ending and children preparing for back-to-school. We’re here to help! With only 2 SPOTS LEFT, we’re offering a 4-day end of summer back-to-school clinic to help your child get an early start on their classroom routines. This clinic will include a small group of similar aged peers working on routines such as circle ti

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Changes to the Ontario Autism Program – July 29, 2019

Changes to the Ontario Autism Program – July 29, 2019 On July 29, 2019, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announced that they are taking a pause in rolling out the Ontario Autism Program in order to reset their efforts. To do this, the Ministry has provided new direction to the Autism Expert Panel to develop a sustainable needs-based program for families. Please see the Ministry’s website for details. At Hands, we ha

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Summer Office Hours

Summer Office Hours During the summer months, Hands’ offices will be following modified hours. Hands’ summer hours start Tuesday, July 2, 2019 and are in effect up to and including Friday, August 30, 2019. Please see the Summer Hours below for each office location: Parry Sound, 2 May Street Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 12:00 pm; 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm Extended Hours: Tuesday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm Sturgeon Falls, 125 Lisgar Street Monday to Frid

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Child and Youth Advocacy Centre of Nipissing Officially Opens its Doors

Child and Youth Advocacy Centre of Nipissing Officially Opens its Doors Each year there are more than 200,000 cases of reported child abuse and neglect in Canada. The criminal justice system can be intimidating, confusing and difficult to navigate, particularly for a young person. The Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) of Nipissing is a community response to improve this experience for young victims. On March 12, 2019, the CYAC of Nipissing i

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Hands wants to hear from families as we shape our Autism Services

Hands wants to hear from families as we shape our Autism Services Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca remains committed to meeting the needs of families across Northern Ontario. We recognize that with the recent provincial changes, it remains a time of uncertainty for families.  Acknowledging the significance of these changes, Hands has been working strategically to build services to support families on their journeys. In the Spring of 2019, Hands con

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Local Donation Supports Children with Autism in Parry Sound

Local Donation Supports Children with Autism in Parry Sound Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (Hands) graciously accepted a donation from local business woman Tracey Gowland, who raised over $800.00 to support children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Parry Sound. Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca offers a variety of community services for families in Parry Sound, including Autism Services for children, youth and families, all from their locati

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Reach Hands at 1.800.668.8555

Reach Hands at 1.800.668.8555 Hands is improving our phone system to serve you better! As we implement our new system, you may experience disruptions when calling our sites. If you have any issues reaching Hands through our local numbers, please call us at 1.800.668.8555. Thank you for your patience.

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Office Closures – Monday, June 17, 2019

Office Closures – Monday, June 17, 2019 Please note that the following sites will be closed on Monday, June 17th, 2019 as we attend our annual all employee gathering: 2 May Street, Parry Sound 37 Main Street, Sundridge 23 Ball’s Drive, Bracebridge 125 Lisgar Street, Sturgeon Falls To reach us, please call Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca at 1-800-668-8555 and a member of our team will be happy to help. If you are experiencing a mental health c

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Summer Camp Autism Funding

Summer Camp Autism Funding Available Families with a child/youth under the age of 18 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder can apply for funds to help pay for camp fees in order to send the child/youth to camp. Funds will be allocated based on the amount of funding available and the number of applications received. Funding is very limited! Requests must be submitted individually. Application form for Summer Camp Autism Funding. Deadline: A

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Family Matters Golf Tournament 2019

Family Matters Golf Tournament 2019 Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca and Life Long Planning Group are proud to announce the 2nd Annual Family Matters Golf Tournament. All proceeds to benefit Hands’ Family Matters Campaign! Tournament details:  MONDAY, JULY 29, 2019 North Bay Golf & Country Club Registration and BBQ: Starts at 11:00 am Shotgun start: 12:00 pm Dinner & Prizes: 5:30 pm Limited to 144 Players • Four Person Scramble Prizes:

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Light It Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

April 2nd, 2019 is World Autism Awareness Day – an opportunity to honour the families who advocate for their children and youth. Hands’ website and several of our offices will be ‘Lighting It Up Blue’ as a symbol of our support to Autism awareness and advocacy. See our most recent update for more information – Working with Northern Ontario Families Through the Autism Services Transition.

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Working with Northern Ontario Families through the Autism Services Transition

Working with Northern Ontario Families through the Autism Services Transition Under the government’s new approach to Autism Services, families are being asked to direct their child’s autism services and funding. This represents a significant change to service delivery.  Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (Hands), which has been providing behavioural services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Northeastern Ontario for more than 18 years

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Autism services are changing – Hands wants to hear from you

Autism services are changing – Hands wants to hear from you At Hands, we recognize that under the government’s new approach to Autism Services, families are being asked to direct their child’s autism services and funding. This represents a significant change to services and we are working through how to best support families in this new model. Hands has been providing behavioural services for more than 18 years. We’re still here; we u

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Support Services and Funding Options for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood – Muskoka

Support Services and Funding Options for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood – Bracebridge This carousel-style event, in partnership with community service providers, will feature support and funding options that may be helpful to youth approaching 18 years of age. Registration is required. Wednesday, February 27, 2019 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca 23 Ball’s Drive Bracebridge, Ontario Who can benef

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Support Services and Funding Options for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood – Nipissing

Support Services and Funding Options for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood – Nipissing This carousel-style event, in partnership with community service providers, will feature support and funding options that may be helpful to youth approaching 18 years of age. Friday, March 1, 2019 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca 391 Oak Street East North Bay, Ontario For details, contact: Paula Hampton 1.800.668.8555 ext. 1333 Who can ben

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Evening Hours and Walk-In Clinics Cancelled for Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Hands’ offices will be closing at 4:30 pm today due to inclement weather. All evening hours and Walk-In Counselling Clinics are cancelled. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1.844.287.9072. See list of upcoming Walk-In Counselling Clinics in your area.

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Changes to Autism Services

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announced today significant changes to service for children diagnosed with Autism in Ontario. As we work to understand and implement these changes, our priority is to ensure our families feel fully supported. Hands is committed to helping families and our communities as partners in providing the best services possible. Further information regarding these changes can be found on the Ministry

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Change to Application Deadline for Autism Enhanced Special Activities Funding

Change to application deadline for Autism Enhanced Special Activities Funding If you have not yet applied for Special Activities Funding this fiscal year, please do so before February 15, 2019. Applications received after this date, or people applying for the second time this year, will not be approved until April 1st, 2019. For more information, please contact Paula Hampton, Enhanced Respite Coordinator at 1-800-668-8555 ext. 1333 or by email at

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Online Counselling Clinics

How to Access Child and Youth Mental Health Services Hands CYMH services now offers bookings for online counselling clinics online Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 AM to 7 PM (last booked appointment at 5:30 PM). You can book an appointment by calling 1-800-668-8555 where, once you are registered, you will receive instructions to connect with a Child and Family Therapist online. When to book a online Counselling Clinic Book an Online Counselling Cli

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Holiday Hours and Closures

Holiday Hours and Closures During the holidays, Hands’ offices will be closed on the following dates: Tuesday, December 25, 2018; Wednesday, December 26, 2018; and, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Evening Hours will be cancelled from Monday, December 24th, 2018 to Friday, January 4th, 2019. Evening hours will resume the week of January 7th, 2019. Crisis Supports The Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24/7 throughout the holiday season, incl

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Survey on Quality Standards for Youth Engagement

The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health is working with youth, families, researchers, service providers and leaders to set the bar for engagement across the province by developing quality standards for youth and family engagement in Ontario’s child and youth mental health sector. Participate in a survey and let the Centre know what you think so far!

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Sensitive Santa Comes to Bracebridge – December 15, 2018

Sensitive Santa Bracebridge  – A special time to visit with Santa for children with Autism.  Bring your child for a “sensory friendly” visit with Santa and enjoy holiday crafts! By appointment only. When: Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Where: Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca 23 Balls Drive, Bracebridge. To book your time with Santa: Call Hands at 705.645-3155 ext. 4204 Email: [email protected]

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Community Action Program for Children Celebrates 25 Years

Community Action Program for Children Celebrates 25 Years of Supporting Vulnerable Children and Families (November 20th, 2018) The Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) project, locally known as Great Beginnings, is proud to be celebrating its 25th anniversary of supporting vulnerable children and families. Great Beginnings, a community-based program dedicated to promoting the healthy development of young children in Muskoka and Parry Sou

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Support for Families on Hands’ Counselling Service Waiting List

Hands’ Child and Youth Mental Health Service is reaching out to everyone on its current waiting list.  Appreciating that the need for services is growing, we are working to increase our capacity to be more responsive. To start, we are reaching out to all on our current waitlist to offer supports, which may include: mental health and behavioural intervention groups, online counselling or face-to-face assessment and intervention. Book your sessi

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Retirement Announcement for Hands’ Executive Director

RETIREMENT OF JEFFREY HAWKINS, BA, MSW, RSW, CEC After 31 years as Executive Director of Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca, Jeffrey Hawkins announced today his intent to retire in the summer/fall of 2019. “On behalf of current and past Board members and employees, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the exceptional leadership, passion, and dedication that Jeffrey has provided to our organization, our communities and the Province,

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Autism Virtual Walk-In Clinics Launch

Autism Virtual Walk-In Clinics Launch in North Eastern Ontario Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca is expanding access to autism supports with the addition of virtual Autism Walk-In Clinics for families in North Eastern Ontario, starting Tuesday, October 23, 2018. The virtual clinics, along with Hands’ in-person autism clinics, are available to families who have a child or youth diagnosed with autism, to address concerns as well as provide family sup

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