CWSDS is proud to provide a wide range of residential and non-residential services that accommodate the most complex needs.


Residential Services

Central West Specialized Developmental Services provides a variety of specialized residential settings that support individuals with a dual diagnosis, complex behaviour challenges and geriatric supports. We currently operate eight homes in the communities of Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Halton Hills and Georgetown. We also support individuals through our downtown Oakville location, where our main offices and recreation centre are also located.

For more information:
Contact: Terri Britton-Kennedy, Director of Services
Tel: 905-844-7864, ext. 224
Email: tbk@cwsds.ca


Dual Diagnosis Service

The Dual Diagnosis Service provides comprehensive assessment, treatment planning and interpretation, on-site and follow-up support, mentoring for caregivers, consultation and education. The Dual Diagnosis Service goals are to improve the quality of life and functioning of individuals with a dual diagnosis in their community settings through better understanding from a biopsychosocial perspective. This is also done by providing their caregivers with a practical plan of care and treatment that reflects this approach, as well as to strengthen the knowledge and skills of those who support individuals with a dual diagnosis.

For more information:
Contact: Sylvia Fattore, Clinical Director
Tel: 905‐844‐7864, ext.254
Email: sfattore@cwsds.ca


Clinical Services

CWSDS has a highly trained clinical team comprising Speech-Language Pathologist and Speech-Language Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Nurse Specialist, Behaviour Therapists, Psychiatrist, and Psychologists. This team of professionals, bound by a common purpose, meet regularly to communicate, collaborate and consolidate knowledge from which plans are made, actions determined and future decisions influenced. Each team member has a particular expertise to assist people in achieving their maximum potential.

For more information:
Contact: Sylvia Fattore, Clinical Director
Tel: 905-844-7864, ext. 254
Email: sfattore@cwsds.ca


Day Services

Persons with developmental disabilities have varied needs, varied interests and varied capabilities. Day Services supports people in our residential services, including those with complex needs, to meet their community participation aspirations and desires as outlined in their Personal Support Plans. CWSDS is committed to providing innovative, engaging and appropriate programs that enhance the quality of life and employability of adults with developmental disabilities. Individuals have a range of activities in which they can participate, including an on-site greenhouse, a laundry service that supports some of the community-based homes, swimming, landscaping, and supporting the Town of Oakville’s park clean-up program.

For more information:
Contact: Colleen Croll-Reid, Manager
905-844-7864, ext. 232
Email: ccr@cwsds.ca


Respite Services

The CWSDS respite program operates on-site in a separate house and serves those with a developmental disability who may also have multiple care needs, who are over the age 5. It provides non-emergency respite for families and caregivers for the weekend, or up to a week at a time. The program is recreationally focused taking into consideration the needs of the individuals currently utilizing the program.

For more information:
Contact: Lindsey McFarlane, Manager
Tel: 905-844-7864 Ext. 316
Email: lmcfarlane@cwsds.ca


Halton Support Services

Halton Support Services provides access to supports and resources to assist individuals with developmental disabilities to live in and be active members of the Halton community. The Community Support Workers assist in finding innovative ways to overcome barriers. Halton Support Services are represented at a number of regional committees and groups that meet to work collaboratively with other community service providers.

For more information:
Contact: Robert Bingham
Tel: 905-844-7864 ext. 326
Email: rbingham@cwsds.ca


Central West Region Passport Agency (CWRPA)

Passport is a program that helps adults with a developmental disability to be involved in their community and live as independently as possible by providing funding for community participation services and supports, activities of daily living and person directed planning.  The program also provides funding for caregiver respite services and supports for primary caregivers of an adult with a developmental disability. CWSDS administers the Passport funding in the Central West Region for adults over the age 18 after eligibility is confirmed by the Developmental Services of Ontario (DSO)

For more information:
Contact: Beth Watson, Manager
Tel: 905-693-8885 or 1-877-993-8885
Email: bwatson@cwsds.ca
Online: www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/developmental/serviceSupport/passport.aspx


Short Term Assessment and Treatment Environment (STATE)

STATE is a five-bed short-term (6 – 12 months) assessment and treatment home for individuals who have a dual diagnosis and are having difficulty living in their community home. Individuals referred to STATE must be in active treatment with the Dual Diagnosis team. The clinical team and residential staff working at the STATE program are highly trained to support individuals experiencing challenging issues in their lives that are affecting their quality of life. The goal of the STATE program is to assess and treat the person so they can return to their home community and lead a full life.

For more information:
Contact: Chris Mann, Manager
Tel: 905-844-7864 ext. 291
Email: chrismann@cwsds.ca


Community Network of Specialized Care for Central West Region

Four networks of specialized care were established across the province by the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) as part of the transformation of developmental services. CWSDS has been home to the Central West Network since 2009. The Community Networks of Specialized Care (CNSC) are a way of linking specialized services and professionals to pool their expertise to treat and support adults who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs and/or challenging behaviours (i.e. dual diagnosis) in the communities where they live. The Networks bring together people from a variety of sectors including developmental services, health, research, education and justice in a common goal of improving the coordination, access and quality of services for these individuals who have complex needs.

For more information:
Contact: Tara Hyatt, Coordinator
Tel: 905-844-7864 ext. 321
Email: thyatt@cwsds.ca
Online: www.community-networks.ca