0-18 Yrs

Urgent Response Service

Rapid, personalized services to address an urgent behaviour need, such as escalating risk of harm to self, others, or property.


Urgent Response Service 

  up to 12 weeks

  To be determined based on need

  1 to 1

  Community based

Ensuring Safety and Stability

Urgent Response Services for Autism


Children and youth with autism may exhibit high-risk behaviours, putting them at greater risk of self-harm or harm to others. Urgent Response Services (URS) provide swift, time-limited interventions to prevent further escalation of risk. Our skilled team offers up to 12 weeks of personalized services to address urgent behaviour needs. Working closely with families, we establish a safer home environment.


Program benefits:

Interdisciplinary Consultation: Short-term consultations involving clinicians, family members, and other service providers
Time-Limited Respite Support: Providing relief and assistance
Service Navigation: Guiding families to existing services within and outside the Ontario Autism Program
Direct Support: Assisting families and relevant professionals in implementing behaviour intervention and therapeutic techniques


Eligibility criteria:

  • You have a child between the ages of 0 to 18
  • Your child has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Your child is registered in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP)
  • Your child is showing one of the following high-risk behaviours that are new or have escalated in intensity over the last 14 days:
    • Suicidal ideation or behaviour
    • Violent thinking
    • Fire starting
    • Harm to animals
    • Risk of exploitation
    • Self-injurious behaviour
    • Aggression
    • Inappropriate sexual behaviour
    • Flight risk
    • Property destruction


This program is free, as it is funded through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). The location and hours of service will be determined based on need.


Register through Surrey Place.