History of Catulpa

 Background and Historical Information    

Catulpa Community Support Services began providing children’s mental health services for emotionally disturbed children and families in Orillia in 1973 under the name Tamarac Treatment Centre.  The centre was licensed for 12 residential beds and 12 daycare places in a school program.  

In 1975 the Agency was approached by the Ministry of Community & Social Services to take on the Adult Protective Service Worker Program and to begin a pilot project for Respite Care for children with developmental disabilities.  

In 1978 the residential program was closed and work began to expand services to the Barrie area.  As part of the expansion the school program moved from its segregated location and was integrated into a community school.  An outpatient child and family guidance clinic was also developed during this period.  Case management/advocacy services for children and adults with developmental disabilities, as well as in school specialized services for children with Autism were added.  It was at this time the agency became known as Catulpa Tamarac Child and Family Services.  Although respite services have gone through many transformations, it has always been a foundation service offered by Catulpa to those with a developmental disability in the community.  

In 1985 the Agency amalgamated the mental health programs and programs for persons with developmental disabilities. One of the first integrated early intervention programs in the province was launched in Orillia.  These specialized services were housed with a regular preschool program.    

In 2000 the Catulpa Tamarac’s children’s mental health services amalgamated with three other Children’s Mental Health service providers in Simcoe County to form New Path Youth and Family Services.  This was completed to streamline mental health services for children in Simcoe County and to strengthen the focus on individuals with developmental disabilities.  Catulpa has maintained a strong affiliation with New Path as we continue to co-locate and jointly provide services to families.     

On August 14, 2003 the name of the Agency was changed to Catulpa Community Support Services Inc.  The new name is more representative of the type of services provided by the agency.  

In March 2008, the Ministry of Community and Social Services and Ministry of Children and Youth Services selected Catulpa as the host agency for the regional components of the Central East Region Complex Special Needs Process Model for Integrated Service Planning and Resource Allocation.  

Catulpa has continued to evolve in the area of children’s services.  We now have many services available to individuals and their families.  The list of programs includes:

  • Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)
  • Early Intervention
  • Inclusive Recreation
  • Family Resource Services
  • Wraparound Services
  • Respite
  • Children’s Case Coordination
  • Complex Special Needs  

Adult services also continue to expand and evolve.  Services available include:

  • Adult Protective Service Workers (APSW)
  • Complex Care
  • Crisis Response Services
  • Respite
  • Passport  

Catulpa Community Support Services’ philosophy is to provide support to families and individuals through partnerships.  We are dedicated to providing services and programs that respond to the social-emotional, developmental and community needs of children, adolescents, families and adults.                                                    

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