Complex needs is defined according to Policy Framework for Children and Youth with Special and Complex Needs (page 5) as children and youth that require “significant extraordinary care due to the severity of their impairment(s) and require services from more than one ministry”. Those who require such services may include children and youth:
- with multiple impairments, complex mental health and health issues and/or severe behavioral needs;
- for whom all currently available resources have been utilized with limited success;
- who require fiscal and human resources that strain the capacity of any one ministry; and
- for whom there are questions about the safety of the child, youth, family, or public.