Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Muki Baum?
MukiBaum Treatment Centres is named after Michael (Muki) Baum. He is the son of our Founder and past Executive Director, Dr. Nehama Baum. Muki was born with Cerebral Palsy and he is also deaf. He is a true inspiration and epitomizes the phrase ability beyond disability. (learn more)
What is dual diagnosis?
Dual Diagnosis is a term applied to the co-existence of the symptoms of both developmental disabilities and emotional / psychiatric disorders. MukiBaum serves children and adults with dual diagnosis.
What is autism?
Autism is a complex developmental disorder that typically affects a person’s communication, social interaction skills and their behaviour. Autism results from a neurological disorder that impedes brain development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills.
What is involved in the in-take process for a child to get into one of MukiBaum's Children's Day Treatment Programs?
Children and youth can be referred to our Children's Day Treatment Programs at anytime during the year by parents directly, through a Board of Education IPRC process or by professionals working with the child. The child that is referred is put on a wait list. The actual intake process starts in January / February of each year which is managed based on where vacancies open up rather than on a “first come, first serve basis.”
Do you provide student placements?
Do you offer tours?
If you are interested in touring one of our facilities, please call us at 416-633-5775 to make arrangements with one of our staff.
If my child is enrolled in one of your programs, is transportation provided for them?
Transportation for school aged children:
MukiBaum's Children's Day Treatment Programs are section 23 programs with both the Toronto District School Board and the York Region School Board. As such, transportation to and from school is provided free of charge.
If your son or daughter is 21 years or older transportation is not provided. Transportation is the responsibility of either the family, caregiver or the agency residential service provider.
Who is responsible for the education curriculum in MukiBaum's Section 23 programs
Both the Toronto District School Board and the York Region District School Board is responsible for the education curriculum in our Section 23 programs
Does MukiBaum provide intensive behaviour intervention or a tradtional applied behaviour analysis method
No. MukiBaum looks at behaviour as a language. We have worked with Behavioural Therapists to incorporate some behavioural techniques in the programs
If I am interested in applying for a job, what should I do?
To apply for a job at any of MukiBaum's Programs, you can do one of the following:
Email your cover letter and resume to jobs at mukibaum or
Fax your cover letter and resume to the Human Resources Department at 416-630-2236.
How long is the average waiting list if I want my child to apply for a position in your programs?
Wait list for a child ages 5 - 21:
MukiBaum has a wait list for both our Children's Day Treatment Program Toronto as well as our Children's Day Treatment Program in York Region. Children on the wait list are invited to participate in the in-take process based on where vacancies occur in the programs rather than the length of time that the child has been on the list.
Due to the fact that the basic principle for acceptance to our day programs is based on which classroom would best answer the needs of your child, the wait list is not managed on "first come, first serve."
Wait list for adults ages 21 years and older:
MukiBaum is an active participant in the Toronto sector of agencies that provide residential and day programs to adults with developmental disabilities. With a one-point-centralized-access, parents no longer face the need to apply seperately to each agency to put their adult son or daughter on the agency's wait list.
A central wait list for adults in Toronto enables parents to call only one agency of their choice. This agency becomes the Lead Agency for their family, putting their son or daughter on the centralized wait list.
If the family is particularly interested in services an agency provides, such as MukiBaum, they may want to maintain a relationship with us beyond the initial role of being their Lead Agency.
What is a Lead Agency?
A Lead Agency is the organization that receives the first communication from a family looking for services for their family member who has a developmental disability. The Lead Agency's role is to take all the applicant’s details and input them into Toronto's Centralized Wait List.
The family might want to maintain a relationship with the Lead Agency if they are particularly interested in the services and approach of the Agency.
Pending upon vacancies in the system created either due to new funding or due to community capacity, the Lead Agency could advocate on behalf of the person. This however does not mean that the person will be served by the Lead Agency. If a vacancy occurs in any other organization in Toronto the family will be offered a place. It will be their decision whether to accept the offered placement or not.
Do I have to pay a tuition or service fee for my child to attend MukiBaum?
Our Children’s Day Treatment Centres are section 23 programs with the Toronto District School Board and the York Region District School Board. In addition to direct funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, the respective Boards of Education fund the educational staff, i.e., teachers and educational assistants, who are working in the programs. As a result, the children attend our Day Treatment Programs do not need to pay tuition or program fees. The only cost associated with attending our children’s programs is covering the cost of field trips and some programming expenses.
Our Adult Day Services and Residential Programs are funded through the Ministry of Community and Social Services. MukiBaum’s budget covers a certain number of adult day and residential program spots. As such, adults attending any of these funded spots are not required to pay program fees.
When new funding allocations are announced by the Ministry for specific priorities, the centralized priority wait list is accessed. Agencies who have programs matching the announced Ministry funding receive information for their consideration about the eligible individuals from the priority list. The agency would examine the referrals and will make a decision regarding the suitability of the various candidates to the vacancies created by the new funding. The chosen candidates and their families are offered the funded vacancies. The family has the opportunity to decide whether to accept or reject the offered placement.
Does MukiBaum receive government funding?
MukiBaum is a transfer payment agency with the government of Ontario. It is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. In addition to this direct funding MukiBaum also receive non-direct funding from the Boards of Education of Toronto and York Region.
How do I apply for a government funded space for my adult son or daughter?
Families cannot apply directly for government funding. Families need to ensure that their family member with a developmental disability will be on the centralized wait list.
For some government funding initiatives such as the Passport Initiative, families can apply directly to the agency managing the funding for the particular initiative. The agency managing applications for the Passport Initiative is Family Service Association (FSA). For more information, visit http://www.fsatoronto.com/programs/passport.html.
Can a child or adult attend MukiBaum's programs part time?
Children do not attend MukiBaum's Children's Day Treatment Program part-time as it is an educational facility. However, if the child's needs are such that they are unable to attend the program for a full day, they may attend for part of the day, but they are still considered a full-time student. In this case, MukiBaum would work with the child to increase his or her ability to attend school for a full day.
Currently, MukiBaum does not have any adults attending our Adult Day Services part time. However, there may be certain circumstances in which an adult, who attends another program, may need some of MukiBaum's specialized programs such as Art Education, Sensory Therapy, Drama, Dance etc. This part-time service is not part of MukiBaum's funded positions and will be on a fee for service basis that can be acquired either from utilizing Special Services at Home Funding, Passport Initiative Funding, parent's contributions or supporting agency's fee for service funding.
Can my child participate in the Come To Your Senses summer or winter camp without being one of the people you serve?
Absolutely. A child does not have to attend MukiBaum in order to participate in the Come To Your Senses winter and summer camps. (learn more)
Are MukiBaum's programs nut free environments?
MukiBaum maintains nut free environments in all its' program locations to ensure the health and safety of the children and adults we serve.