Project Rainbow Suggests the Following Guidelines for Completing Annual Applications for
Special Services At Home Program (revised 11/99):
What is Special Services At Home (SSAH) & Assistance For Children With Severe Disabilities (ACSD)?
Both are funding programs available to families caring for children and/or adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities (N.B. Individuals over the age of 18 with significant physical disabilities, capable of ‘directing own care’ may qualify for funds through the Ministry of Health’s Attendant Care program). Funds are provided by the provincial office of the Ministry of Community & Social Services and are administered regionally. Funds are intended to pay for extraordinary costs associated with a disability.
Assistance For Children With Severe Disabilities ACSD (formerly Handicapped Children’s Benefits-HCB)
The ACSD program is income-tested and requires a separate application requesting information about expenses, etc. and may assist with additional costs for those who qualify. Additional information and applications can be obtained by contacting your local office for the Ministry of Community & Social Services.
|Consistent with the changes adopted in the recent document, Making Services Work for People, the ministry has begun a new process for reviewing and approving SSAH applications. The goal is to provide a more equitable and accountable system. Applications for funding and subsequent approvals will be assessed on equity. Information should reflect the following three components:|
a) level of functional loss
b) family supports
c) community supports in place, i.e. school, day program, Homecare, etc
receive support through the SSAH program, families should, whenever
possible, submit one application annually, anticipating their needs for
the entire year including: Family Relief & Support and Personal
Development & Growth hours, including recreational programs,
extraordinary program fees, camp one-to-one support, etc.. Remember to
include Christmas Holiday, March Break and summertime.
the application has been reviewed (8-12 weeks) and if an approval is
granted, families will have an amount of money for a specified one year
period. The agreement can be flexible, i.e. approved funds are not
necessarily restricted to the number of hours recorded on the initial
application. A subsequent authorization form (MCSS) will not designate
itemized amounts of money for camp costs, etc. For instance, within the
SSAH parameters (e.g. not to be used for educational support, therapy, day
programs or paid to family members) families can choose to use their funds
in the best way that suits their situation at the time.
must accompany the SSAH application at the time it is sent, detailing your
child's disability. A psychological report (as well as any additional
assessments if available) is imperative for approval. Reports should be
recent (i.e. completed in the last two years).
Please ensure you have completed all necessary information, and have signed the back of the form. For additional assistance, Project Rainbow staff would be happy to help you (416-503-0088x17) during regular business hours.
SPECIAL SERVICES AT HOME APPLICATION
following guidelines have been prepared by Project Rainbow staff to assist
families when completing the revised (MCSS) Special Services At Home
Application form (Nov/99). The new application form will be used across the
province and does not require any ‘Supplementary Information’ forms.
Old application forms including supplementary information forms should not be
SECTION 1: REQUESTS FOR SERVICE
Although adequate space is not provided in the new application form, it is becoming increasingly important for families to accurately reflect a child’s needs and illustrate how the request for funds will positively affect the individuals’ (applicant) development and the family’s (including siblings) quality of life. To do this, you may need to attach an additional sheet of paper. Consider using other professional’s (i.e. Teacher; Speech Pathologist; OT/PT reports, etc.) recommendations to substantiate requests.
Because camp opportunities are both ‘Personal Development & Growth’ and ‘Family Relief & Support’, families may want to send a progress report (optional for respite funds) to substantiate a request for service, particularly if the request is new or an increase over previous years.
is a short list of Goals & Accomplishments that may be relevant to a
progress report that supports camp requests:
Stayed for 1 week at residential camp
Dresses with fewer prompts
Learn new skills
Learned many camp songs
Paddles a canoe
Improved swimming abilities
Improve social skills
More talkative; eager to express verbally/vocally
Waits more patiently; more settled
Renewed interest in siblings/peers
|1B—Family request for paid support.|
The numbers and figures presented (below) are only to demonstrate how the equation is transferred to the SSAH Application format. Your current family situation may warrant more or less hours, etc. It is very important that your request be based on real needs vs. what the ‘average’ family may receive. Every family situation is unique and (family or applicant’s) needs are subject to change. Your request must include all hours that you anticipate for the entire year including any recreational programs.
REQUESTS FOR SERVICE-- SAMPLES ONLY
N.B. Families will want to provide sufficient details as to how the funds will be spent. Consider attaching a separate sheet of paper as the space on the application is inadequate.
A. 8 hours per week for 52 weeks = 416 hours
TOTAL = $4160.00
B. 6 hours per week for 52 weeks = 312 hours
@ $10.00/hr = $3120.00 &
20 days @ $50.00 (i.e. Project Rainbow Summer Camps—see below) = $1000.00
TOTAL = $4120.00
@ $10.00/hr = $1680.00 &
24 hours per week for 10 weeks (i.e. summer) = 240 hours
@ $10.00/hr = $2400.00
TOTAL = $4080.00
@ $10.00/hr = $1560.00
20 hours per week (i.e. Christmas, March Break & Summer) for 13 weeks = 260 hours
@ $10.00/hr = $2600.00
Sample Per Diems for Project Rainbow Participating Programs (1999/2000)
Note: Per diems (i.e. daily cost of support counselor to work with your child at camp) vary according to the camp program. Sample requests have been provided below. You may request day camp support, residential camp support, or both. Funding approval may vary according to the individual ministry office.
question was developed in
response to family feedback about forms being “too negative”
and “deficit-focused”. It is intended to allow MCSS staff to have a
more complete picture of your son/daughter. It is not intended as a way of
decreasing the amounts of supports eligible.
--Where it says “check how often or check the amount…”, it
can be read as “needed/required” which is frequently more that what
may actually be “provided”. You may also want to look at broad
categories and measure from your child’s weakest level.
When students have 1:1 support in the classroom, parents may want to include this, particularly when it supports (B) Personal Development & Support and (C) Supervision (safety, etc.).
behaviours should be noted here. Parents may want to elaborate, i.e.
allowing an individual to engage in repetitive behaviours, by its nature
is solitary and can be hard to break/interrupt after prolonged periods,
lifting for positioning; activities; in/out of car, etc. should be added
here, even though it is not listed as an example except as ‘mobility’.
Remember to use sections provided for additional information.
Remember to give details including:
|other child with disability or emerging concerns|
|another adult (spouse or aging parents) requiring care because of illness, frailty etc.|
|spouse with health problems|
Remember to use section provided for additional information.
SECTION 4: SUPPORT NETWORKS
answer here should reflect the nature of the support, for instance, the
help from a volunteer or neighbour may be ‘as requested’ or more of a
‘spontaneous’ nature rather than something consistent and dependable
that you could count on daily, weekly, i.e. every Monday night, from 6:00
|Question 5A--MCSS is requesting relevant information on services received within the past year, e.g. for a 12 year-old, you need not list daycare/nursery.|
Other… If your son/daughter is involved in a recreation program
with paid support, (i.e. SSAH hours) it should be noted in this
using nursing agencies, families should reflect the actual costs
involved as they are considerably higher. If they are not reflected, you
may be in a situation of using twice as many hours to cover the costs of
qualifying families, Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities
(ACSD) (formerly Handicapped Children’s Benefits--HCB) provides a
monthly allowance to families with total combined income of less than
$57,000.00 (approximate) for a family of 4. Income rises slightly with
more dependents. Contact MCSS for more information and an application.
SECTION 6: SIGNATURES
signatures by family and release of information to other agencies or
professionals involved with your son/daughter.
of the Right to Review Decisions when families are dissatisfied with the
amount of funds approved by MCSS, they have the right to appeal. Appeals
are very important. Recently, some families in Ontario have gone as
far as the Provincial Ombudsman’s Office with SSAH complaints. As a
result of these cases, the Ombudsman’s office has been paying particular
attention to how appeals are handled, etc.
July 30, 2002