We are updating our latest history and most recent activities of SSAHPC. This page is updated as available. Keep checking for more new information on these two(2) Direct Funding programs.
In 2005/06, the Passport Program was initiated to provide direct funding for a smoother transition for young people and ongoing support for adults with a developmental disability – to participate in the community – once they are no longer in school.
Far more people have been kept waiting – some of them have had no support for years, since leaving school.
$ 12 M funding added to SSAH . Many families who have long waited finally have received some SSAH support.
Co Chair and 2 members of the SSAHPC working committee met with Minister Meilleur .
The Co Chairs, Beth French and Alison Ouellette received the Family Alliance Ontario Leadership Awards at the Family Alliance Ontario’s annual conference April 28, 2007.
May 2007 $3 M added to the SSAH program.
SSAHPC releases Position Paper, “ Keep it Simple, Keep it Flexible; 27,000 Families Deserve the Best” January 17, 2008
Facts received from MCSS for the year 2008/09 Click here for a letter of details
We are happy to report the Ministry of Community and Social Services in their new legislation, provides the opportunity for families to receive Direct Funding. We see this as a very positive expansion of SSAH. However, we want to emphasize the importance of SSAH which continues to be an essential program for Ontario families.
Despite the success of SSAH and these new opportunities of Direct Funding without additional funds neither will meet the current needs.
We encourage you to contact your Local MPP to share your SSAH story and the need for additional funding for the program. SSAH is a very viable and effective use of funding for families to enable their family member to live a full, inclusive and involved life in their community.
$99 M serves 28,637 families with SSAH support
Families meet with the ADM, Alex Bezzina regarding the new protocols initiated in April 2009; SSAHPC believe these are UNFAIR to families
Wait list climbs to 4000 families; families requesting enhanced respite are even on Wait lists !
To contact your Region office for SSAH, Look for the list of Regional Offices on our links page to the provincial government
or our most recent newsletter, Special edition, June 2009.
SSAHPC expands mandate to include advocacy for Passport Funding.
“Shocking Wait list” 9600 families according to the Auditors Report March 31, 2011.
Information : June 21st, 2011. The government has informed us “The SSAH program for adults will be merged with the Passport funding program as of April 1st, 2012”. Current funding levels are committed until March 31, 2013. Therefore as of April 1st, 2012 your SSAH funds becomes Passport funds.
In March 2011, 4,500 people were on the Passport funding wait list; all had been determined to be eligible, but were receiving no money.
- Families are very alarmed because – in reality – new Passport funding appears to be totally unavailable!
- The Passport waiting list continues to grow.
- Many more people remain on the waiting list than have ever received Passport funding.
- Young people with developmental disabilities are not eligible for Passport funding while they attend school.
The MCSS website says: “Passport is changing. Starting April 1, 2012, direct funding for adults with a developmental disability is available through Passport.”
SSAH publishes new Guidelines.