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Community Networks of Specialized Care Ontario (CNSC-O) is the unified voice of the regional Community Networks of Specialized Care. They influence provincial policy across sectors and achieve an integrated and sustainable specialized service system for people with a developmental disability and mental health issues and/or challenging behaviours (dual diagnosis) as we represent the collective interests of our members.

The CNSC mandate and function is to:

  • Coordinate specialized service system
  • Enhance service delivery
  • Train and build capacity in the community


Building enhanced capacity through an integrated system of specialized services. Through collaboration and coordination, we build efficient and effective cross-sectoral specialized service systems that support people with a developmental disability and mental health need and/or challenging behaviour (dual diagnosis).

Eastern Network of Specialized Care

The Eastern Community Network of Specialized Care covers the counties of Hastings & Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington, Frontenac, Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, Renfrew, Ottawa-Carleton, Prescott-Russell and Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry.

The Eastern Region CNSC is a collaborative network of community agencies, mental health service providers, primary health care providers, developmental service professionals and educators working together to:

  • Better coordinate access to specialized services
  • Improve the way services are delivered
  • Promote professional development through increased sharing of research and training


The following are some examples of how the Network is making a difference in the community:

  • Helping to link developmental service and mental health providers, networks and committees to improve cross-communication
  • Participating in case conferences to assist in the planning for individuals with complex needs
  • The Network has over 25 videoconferencing sites across the region to connect individuals and service providers with specialists, meetings and training events located outside their region
  • An annual education calendar is developed to provide educational opportunities to those working with individuals with a dual diagnosis so that they may enhance their knowledge and skills
  • Health Care Facilitators provide support and assistance to individuals, families, caregivers and agencies in accessing health care services for those with complex needs
  • The Eastern Network is also the lead for the provincial French Language Resource which is aimed at improving access to care and services for Francophones from a variety of cultural backgrounds
  • Partnering with developmental service and mental health providers to address identified service gaps in the community

The Eastern Network has four standing committees composed of representatives from organizations that provide services to people with intellectual disabilities and mental health services across the region. These committees provide advice on issues and needs and strategic direction of the business and Network projects. The four committees are the following:

  • CNSC Advisory Committee
  • Eastern Region Training & Education Committee
  • System Planning Committee
  • Research and Practice Committee


CNSC Eastern Region Structure


For more information on the Network's initiatives and activities, as well as training and educational opportunities, visit