School Based Rehabilitation Services Transferred to Pathways

Changes to Therapy Services in Publicly Funded Schools –Lambton County


In Ontario schools Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT) and some Speech - Language Therapy (SLP) services are provided by contracted service agencies. Beginning November 15, 2018, the way these contracts are managed will be changing.  Rest assured there will be no changes to the eligibility for service or the amount of service available to school age children. 


As of November 15, 2018, in the majority of schools in Lambton, Pathways Health Centre for Children will be responsible to:

  • manage the contracts for these services provided in Publicly Funded schools;
  • receive and process referrals from school principals for these services (see referral below).

The Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and their Care Coordinators will no longer be involved in the management of occupational therapy, speech language therapy and physiotherapy services in publicly funded schools.  

Staying the Same

There will be no changes to the following:

  • the contracted agencies providing OT, PT and SLP will stay the same;
  • eligibility for service remains unchanged;
  • the amount of therapy available from these agencies will remain the same;
  • the amount of funding available for therapy sessions in schools is the same;
  • Erie St. Clair LHIN Care Coordinators will continue to manage OT, PT and SLP services in private schools and in the home;
  • nursing and personal support worker services at school will still be provided by the Erie St. Clair LHIN;
  • SLP services currently provided by the school boards will continue to be provided by the school boards;
  • school Principals will continue to make referrals for OT, PT, SLP services for children eligible to attend Grade One until graduation from high school;
  • any other services that children and youth currently receive from Pathways Heath Centre for Children will stay the same.    


We will continue to provide updates as we learn more. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact:  519-542-3471 ext 232, or visit

Last updated Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 08:26