Newsletter – Edition 1 ( Click to view PDF )
Sorry folks.................here are pg 2 and pg 3 of the MCSS response letter with the statistics for SSAH and Passport programs 2015/16.
SSAHPC requested and received the statistics for SSAH and the Passport program for 2015/16.
I am wondering if you can help me. I am from London and our SSAH goes through VON. I cannot get funding for a variety of things where others do (such an light housekeeping so we can have family time or Camp Kinark family camp). I left a message with the voicemail of the SSAH contact person for MCYS/MCSS - twice - who said on the message they would get back within one business day. It's been over a week. Where can I go from here? VON insists it cannot cover these things. At the same time, I have spoken to many many people who currently get these things covered. I'm at my wits end. My son doesn't like the things that they cover, and I have funding that needs to be used up before April.
People and families; call your Passport agency re your application ...we just saw this announcement..............
ARCH Disability Law Centre is launching a survey that families will be very interested in. Like their page and partake so your voice is heard.
SSAHPC has created a new graphic that depicts the 2016 Direct/ Individualized Funding budget versus the balance of the Developmental Services Budget. We are shocked to hear that there are 14,800 people on the Passport Wait list for funding. We recommend that families who are on this huge waiting list meet with their M.P.P.
Here is a Message that the SSAHPC shared at the recent Family Alliance ON conference held Oct 29, 2016 about some SSAH statistics from the past versus the present ones we know. There are 2 pages here to share with you. In addition, there are some important links and some tips for you about what you can do regarding your SSAH funding. These could be helpful; especially, if your son/daughter needs more SSAH support.
There is a conference being held by Family Alliance Ontario -Oct 29-30, 2016 that may be of interest to families . Please see the posted flyer or email: email@example.com or go to their facebook page.
After the long awaited Paul Dube, Ombudsman's report was released Wed. Aug. 24th, 2016, SSAHPC members have read this document with tears, anger and frustration. The link for this report is on our web site- News page and FB page (see previous post) Please read one parent's perspective who has said it best ! Please feel free to share this page with other families, your neighbours, relatives and friends. You could even share with your provincial M.P.P. A Parent’s Perspective – August 27th, 2016 Families throughout Ontario have waited patiently for the Ombudsman’s report, “Nowhere to Turn: Investigation into the Ministry of Community and Social Services’ response to situations of crisis involving adults with developmental disabilities”. During nearly four years Ombudsman staff received about 1,500 complaints from families in extreme distress whose sons and daughters have been failed by a broken system that left them to flounder in hospitals, long term care facilities, homeless shelters and even prisons. A wise man once told me if I couldn’t figure out what went wrong to “follow the money” and it would lead to some answers. When we try to follow the money at the Ministry for Community and Social Services we find a reduction of regions in the province from 9 to 5 but no decrease in staff. We find millions of dollars spent on what some parents call dehumanizing, tortuous assessments done on individuals every five years with no services or reasonable funding as an outcome. We find bureaucrats willing to place people with developmental disabilities in hospitals at huge expense rather than support that person at home or in his community for a fraction of the price. We find elderly parents trying to create solutions for their children being left unfunded and unheard. We find not-for-profit agencies turning away people because they have no funds to pay for its services. We find a ministry that funds agencies at twice the dollars that it funds an individual living in the family home, to pay for the same supports. The saddest most shocking part of the report is the telling of stories of tremendous neglect and indifference to the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. One thinks of the mandate of physicians to “Do no harm” and wishes it could be adopted by this bureaucracy. When did it happen that authorities could so easily turn a blind eye to conditions so egregious that they brought hardened police to tears and disbelief regarding the levels of degradation people must live in? So often throughout the report, we are told that it is the police who fight fiercely for better care for individuals and are shocked when met with a bureaucracy that does not respond. Constantly we are told of a ministry that cannot or will not respond to any crisis. Minister Helena Jaczek has apologized to the individuals with developmental disabilities and their families who have been so terribly hurt by the Developmental Service system. She has promised to act on all the Report’s recommendations. Words are nice, but it is actions that people with developmental disabilities and their families need now. It is too late for some; too late for Guy Mitchell and for many others whose tragic stories have not been told in the newspapers. We are grateful for this report from the Ombudsman. It is long and filled with hours of hard, painstaking work to reveal the facts. Now it is up to the ministry to do the right thing and to do it now. *********
On August 24, 2016 Paul Dube, the Ontario Ombudsman released the long awaited "4 years coming" report. This document is the result of an investigation related to complaints from families and people on Ministry of Community and Social Services supports to people with disabilities and their families. Here is the link, Find relevant documents on the Ombudsman’s website at: https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Investigations/SORT-Investigations/Completed/Adults-with-developmental-disabilities-in-crisis.aspx
Yesterday on Aug 24, 2016 The ombudsman released their final report after 4 years of waiting for the over 1450 families who submitted complaints about MCSS and met with Ombudsman staff including many family members of SSAHPC . Here is the link to the report https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Files/sitemedia/Documents/NTT-Final-EN-w-cover-linked.pdf4 We will have more comments and posts about this shocking report.
very good article on RDSP... All families who have a child with a disability should have an RDSP.