ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM – UPDATE from March 21 Announcement from MCYS

 

  1. The sliding income scale (Income Testing) has been squashed. Children will not receive funding based on their total family income.

  2. Needs assessment is being reviewed for more complex exceptionalities

  3.  Childhood Budgets – Children age 6 and under will receive $20K/Year, Children over age 6 will receive the $5K/Year

  4.  Children who are currently receiving services via the Direct Funding Option/Direct Service Option (expecting to end their service within the next 3 plus months)  will receive an additional 6 months of service

  5. New eligible purchases with Childhood Budget include Physio, Occupational, and Speech Language Therapy

 

What we don’t know

 

  • How will the severity of complex needs be determined?

  • What happens to the children currently at the top of the waitlist?

  • How will age discrimination be addressed?

  • What will the maximum spending allocation per year look like?

  • We have not been told if the lifetime allocations have changed

  • Will Regional Providers continue to administer the Family Budget Plans (Conflict of interest to be a provider, control the wait list and administer the funding.)

  • Will there be oversight to ensure Regional Providers are spending ethically? (It is alleged they make 3 to 4 times more than private providers, per hour – these monies could eliminate the wait list.)

  • Will there be tracking and accountability of UNUSED budgeted monies that are clawed back into the system? (ie: when a child is budgeted with 20 hours per week but only uses 17 per week, what happens to the money from the 3 extra hours that have been budgeted for?)

  • Will clawed back monies be returned to the overall Ontario Autism Program Budget?

  • Will there be a cap on per hour spending for providers?

 

We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more about these changes.

Click HERE  to view a letter sent to Caroline Mulroney’s office on March 22, 2019 in response to the announcement.

Our Centre can work with your child to achieve their goals with funding from the Ontario Autism Program. 

Contact our Center for more information: info@autismunplugged.ca

For more information about the new Ontario Autism Program click here.

Funding Options through the New Ontario Autism Program

 

Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services introduced changes to autism services February 6, 2019, with the launch of the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP).

In the new program, all children and youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by a qualified professional are eligible to receive flexible and individualized services based on their personal needs, strengths and goals until the age of 18. The goal of the new OAP is to provide families with services that are well coordinated, family-centred and responsive to the unique needs and potential of each individual child and/or youth.

Our Centre can work with your child to achieve their goals with funding from the Ontario Autism Program. 

Contact our Center for more information: info@autismunplugged.ca

For more information about the new Ontario Autism Program click here.

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