The Special Service at Home (SSAH) funding program is a reimbursement program that helps families who are living in Ontario and caring for a child with a developmental and/or physical disability. To be eligible, the child must not be receiving support from a residential program. The program allows families to more easily access special services and is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS).
SSAH can be used to help the child access services that assist with personal development, skill building, and participation in the community. It can also be used to hire a support worker and for temporary respite to provide relief for families. The ministry recently expanded the list of eligible expenses in response to COVID-19. See the full list here.
If you think you may be eligible for SSAH funding, please visit MCCSS’s SSAH information page for details on how to apply.
Anyone who has been approved for SSAH funding can create a free MyDirectPlan account with tons of great features.
The Ministry has updated the Passport program guidelines to reflect changes to the program that have occurred since 2014, and to introduce a limit on reimbursement for live event tickets.
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As of October 28, 2021: Ontario Further Extending Temporary Wage Increase for Personal Support Workers until March 31, 2022.
All PSW Wage Enhancement eligible invoices will need to be submitted no later than April 30, 2022, for Passport funding.
To get this temporary support, you must apply by March 20, 2022. Applications submitted after March 20, 2022, will not be processed.
You can apply for this temporary support for expenses dating from October 1, 2020, to March 31, 2022. That means you can claim expenses incurred until March 31, 2022.
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