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Contact Brant is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ministry of Community and Social Services to:

  • Provide information about community resources and help navigate the many services available
  • Complete intake and referral to children’s mental health services, children’s developmental services, and children’s Autism services.   
  • Provide Service Coordination supports and lead a coordinated approach to services for each family.

Contact Brant is governed by a community Board of Directors which is elected annually.  Contact Brant was incorporated in 2000 out of the provincial Making Services Work for People policy document.  A Brant advisory panel recommended the formation of a new organization that would collaborate with the local community to provide a “single point of access” to services for children and youth, ages 0 – 18, with mental health concerns or intellectual disabilities, as well as to adults with a developmental disability.  Access to Adult Developmental Services transitioned to the new Developmental Services Ontario Hamilton-Niagara Region (DSO) in July 2011. Contact Brant is pleased to have the DSO Brant satellite office co-located with us. For information on adult Developmental Services (age 18 and older), contact the DSO at 1-877-376-4674.

In 2007, Contact Brant worked with service organizations in Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk to create the Your Guide publication.  Your Guide is a listing of free workshops, courses, groups and events that is published 3 times per year (editions in Spring/Summer, Autumn, and Winter), and distributed widely through elementary schools, community services, and health providers.  Your Guide is also available on the Contact Brant website at www.contactbrant.net/yourguide

In July 2012, Contact Brant assumed the management of the Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk Community Information Database, www.info-bhn.ca.  This database provides information on services in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk in health, financial and social assistance, housing, children and youth services, seniors’ services, food assistance, government programs, parent and family programs, disability support services, newcomer services, volunteer organizations, and more.  211 Ontario accesses this database to provide their information on Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk through their 24/7 telephone services (call 2-1-1) which is available in over 150 languages.  Access 211 Ontario’s web-based services at www.211ontario.ca.  

Contact Brant implemented a 2-year pilot Family Support Provider program in January 2015 in partnership with Parents for Children's Mental Health and Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services, with funding received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  This program was very successful and has transitioned to Woodview effective April 1, 2017, as on-going children’s mental health core service.  Family Support Providers link families to community resources and help build family capacity while they are waiting, in-service, or following discharge from Woodview services. 

In 2016, Contact Brant was named the Lead Service Coordination Agency by the community and MCYS through the Special Needs Strategy initiative.  Contact Brant is working with other community organizations (education, health and children’s services) to offer Coordinated Service Planning to families in Brant.  Coordinated Service Planning ensures that there is a clearly identified staff for each family to lead their service plan and support services working together to meet each families’ unique priorities and needs.  Children and youth with special needs, birth to exit from school (up to age 21), receiving multiple (2 or more) services due to the depth and breadth of their needs are eligible for Coordinated Service Planning.  Effective April 1, 2017, Coordinated Service Planning supports are available through Contact Brant.

Contact Brant’s services – Start Here: Your path to children’s services: 

  • Single point of access (intake and referral) to children’s mental health, children’s developmental services, and children’s Autism services
  • Provision of information on general community services and resources in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant
  • Manage the Community Information Database for Brant, Haldimand and Norfolkwww.info-bhn.ca
  • Service coordination that supports a coordinated service plan for children and youth that have been through Access services
  • Coordinated Service Planning for children and youth with special needs, birth to exit from school (up to age 21), receiving 2 or more services due to the depth and breadth of their needs
  • Support integrated Transition Planning for youth age 14 and older with community service providers to help youth and their families prepare for future community life and transition out of children’s services at age 18
  • Facilitate the Brant Case Resolution for children and youth who are at risk and Brant services cannot fully meet their service needs
  • Coordinate the Brant Residential Placement Advisory Committee (RPAC) according to the requirements in the Child and Family Services Act
  • Facilitate system planning with community partners through the Children and Youth Services Committee
  • Coordinate the publication of Your Guide Brant/Your Guide Haldimand-Norfolk

   

Contact Brant Board Contact Brant Staff
Mike DeBruyn, Chair Jane Angus, Chief Executive Officer
Glenda Annand, Vice-Chair Sheryl Ruman, Lead Resource Coordinator
Kelly Skrzypek, Treasurer Paul Sanderson, Resource Coordinator
Greg Hackborn, Secretary Stuart Shaw, Resource Coordinator
Patti Mitchell, Director Sue Vincze, Resource Coordinator
Debbie Dignan, Director Gillian Chmiel, Executive Assistant
Patrick Parent, Director Alysha Weir, Assistant Resource Coordinator
Nalini Gandhi, Director LeaAnn Boswell, Information Services Coordinator
  Maxine Lean, Lead Service Planning Coordinator
  Karen Sweeting, Administrative Assistant
  Arlene House, General Office Assistant

Client feedback is important to Contact Brant. Please complete our Quality Satisfaction Survey and email your completed form to information@contactbrant.net or fill out the simple form in the Feedback and Complaint brochure below. 3rd-quarter-qss-results

 

 

 

 

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If you require any information in an alternative format, please:

  • Call: 519-758-8228
  • Email: information@contactbrant.net
  • Mail or come into our office at: 643 Park Road North, Brantford, ON, N3T 5L8

Information Database

Click here to search for community services in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk. You can also call 2-1-1 for community services information 24/7, 365 days a year.

Your Guide

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for a listing of workshops, courses, groups and events that are free for families, children and youth.

Suicide Prevention

If you are thinking about suicide or are concerned about someone you know who is talking about suicide, call Integrated Crisis Services at 519-759-7188 or 1-866-811-7188, available 24 hours/day, or call 911.

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