Participation House Support Services (PHSS) was established in 1988 as a result of families wanting to have their sons and daughters living close to them. Traditionally, people with high care needs were placed in institutions because community services had not been developed to address their needs.
When staff initially met with the people requiring support they expressed their desire to live in typical homes in typical neighbourhoods and not an institutionalized setting. Participation House is proud to support more than 150 people throughout London in a variety of settings, all of which are called “home” and “community”.
Participation House Support Services maintains strong local and provincial partnerships that include the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, London Health Sciences Centre, the Community Living Ontario (CLO), the Ontario Community Supports Association (OCSA), Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS), Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD), Independent Living Service Providers (ILSP), the Alliance and the Provincial Liaison Committee (Ministry of Health and Long Term Care).
Participation House Support Services is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Directors are members of the local community, each bringing diverse skills and professional expertise.