Lanark Community Programs (LCP) is the “The Little Agency that Could.” We began in 1979 with two programs, a staff of five and a budget of $70,000.00. Today we have nine programs, a staff of 68 regular employees and over 400 contract workers for a total F.T.E. of over 150. We are assisted by 250 wonderful volunteers. Our budget is 8.5 million and comes from Ministries of Children & Youth, Community & Social Services, Education, and Health. In addition we receive funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the County of Lanark plus our various fundraising.
Our main office is our eighteen thousand square foot building at 30 Bennett Street, Carleton Place. In addition we operate five Respite Homes though out Lanark County and rent satellite offices in Smith Falls and Brockville.
Our nine programs are as follows: Infant and Child Development, Connections, Language Development, Behaviour Development, Autism - Intensive Behaviour Intervention, Autism -Applied Behaviour Analysis, Lanark Early Integration, Family Relief, and Therapeutic Riding.
All services are delivered in the client’s natural environments in home and community and all stress empowering the client and his/her parents and other natural mediators. We serve Lanark County with some programs serving Renfrew, Leeds, Grenville as well. Please check individual program web-sites for full descriptions of each.
Of special note is the incredible community development work done by Lanark Community Programs. We belong to 37 Boards (founding members of 9) Associations and Networks.
Commitment, individuality and flexibility are our hallmarks.
Nowhere else is there such a comprehensive agency serving the needs of developmentally handicapped children. The individualization of each client’s program is paramount. As a parent whose son has been a client of LCP for several years remarked: “We would never leave Lanark County because we know from talking to others in our local and national Down’s Associations, that Chris would never get the range, creativity and flexibility of services which LCP provides to us.”
If the service a person needs is not available in the county then LCP will work tirelessly to ensure its creation. The feeling of trust and care is evidenced by the fact that some parents have chosen an LCP worker as guardian for their children should the parent(s) die.
We are proud to be part of Lanark Renfrew Health and Community Services. As we celebrate 15 years of our coming together we concur with our last Accreditation Review which urged us to “go on the road” as a uniquely successful model of health and community services working under one governance in serving a vast rural community.