By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express
The region is set to partner with The Boys and Girls Club of Durham to offer youth trustee services over the next five years.
Under the policies of Ontario Works, certain individuals under the age of 18 qualify for financial assistance.
To receive payment, a responsible adult must act as a trustee for the youth.
When a family member is not available, a community agency can act as the trustee.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) had served as the official trustee agency for Durham Region since 2003.
However, last November, CMHA gave regional staff 60 days notice that the organization would no longer be offering trustee services.
Staff has recommended Durham enter into a five-year agreement with The Boys and Girls Club to take over trustee services.
The club has acted as a trustee agency on an informal basis in the past.
Under the agreement, the region pays the trustee agency half of the costs, while the province covers the rest.
Staff estimates the cost for this service will be approximately $18,000 per year.
The agreement is subject to final approval by regional council.