Eliminating waitlists for direct funding for people with developmental disabilities

An estimated 28,000 children with developmental disabilities live in Ontario

Eliminating waitlists for direct funding for people with developmental disabilities
Kerr Street Cafe
Advertisement

About the Author

Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn is the MPP for Oakville. He is the Minister of Labour, and has held the following positions: Chief Government Whip, Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure. He has been involved in Oakville politics since he was elected in 1986.

Latest posts (See all)

As part of the government’s vision for the transformation of developmental services, the province would eliminate the current waitlist for the Special Services at Home program for children in two years and the Passport program for adults in four years, directly benefiting families in Oakville. Ontario’s plans to eliminate waitlists for direct funding for 21,000 people with developmental disabilities.

“Our vision for developmental services in Ontario sees people with developmental disabilities participating as fully as possible in their communities. Direct funding is an important part of the support that people and families need to achieve the goal of inclusion,” stated Ted McMeekin, Minister of Community and Social Services.

These programs provide direct funding to families and individuals with developmental disabilities, allowing them to customize their services and supports to best meet their
individual needs.

In addition to eliminating waitlists for direct support, this investment would:
• Provide support for urgent residential needs for approximately 1,400 people
• Support young adults as they navigate key life transitions such as going to school or getting a job
• Promote community living partnerships through expanded Host Family and Supported

Independent Living programs
• Provide more funding for agencies and front-line workers in the community services sector
• Promote innovation and cost-efficiency so that costs savings can be re-invested into improving services

Eliminating waitlists for people with developmental disabilities is part of the government’s economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing on Ontario’s greatest strengths – its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

• The government is proposing an $810 million investment over the next three years, the largest ever funding increase to the developmental services system in Ontario.
• There are an estimated 62,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario; more than 15,000 are supported through the Passport direct funding program.
• An estimated 28,000 children with developmental disabilities live in Ontario; the Special Services at Home program currently serves more than 12,500.
• Ontario currently invests more than $1.7 billion in developmental services, a 63 per cent increase since 2003. The proposed additional funding would increase that to more than $2 billion by 2016-17.
• Approximately 18,000 people with a developmental disability receive residential supports in the community.

Hudson's Bay logo (English)
Advertisement

Tags:

, , , ,


Readers Comments (0)




Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

%d bloggers like this: