Developmental Services Update - An Excerpt from ARCH Alert Issue of April 19, 2011

April 20, 2011


ARCH Alert


This article is excerpted from ARCH Alert issue of April 19, 2011

- Developmental Services Update
By Robert Lattanzio, Staff Lawyer

- In the last issue of ARCH Alert (January 31st 2011), ARCH devoted the entire issue to developmental services in Ontario, reporting on ARCH’s campaign for needed changes to the developmental services sector including increased funding to waitlisted programs such as Passports and Special Services at Home. Since then, ARCH and community partners continued to focus our advocacy efforts for a substantial commitment by government.

On April 6, 2011, the Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur announced that this year’s Budget will include an additional $40 million to be allocated to the developmental services sector this year.

Of this amount, $15 million will be allocated to the Passport and Special Services at Home programs which support people who live at home by providing direct financial support. $25 million will be allocated to service agencies to provide support to people with developmental disabilities in need of urgent care.

As well, $12.5 million has been earmarked for next year to be allocated to service providers in their support of people in need of urgent care.

These amounts are in addition to the $36.3 million that was allocated in last year’s budget. The details of how this funding will be allocated are not yet clear. It is also not clear what this additional funding will mean for the countless individuals on waitlists for funding or services.  

The new law Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008, creates ‘Application Entities’ which will be the only access point to apply for developmental services and supports. The vision of the legislation is for these Application Entities to serve as a single window entry point to developmental services in Ontario in order to increase fairness, transparency and consistency and to make it easier to access all the available programs and services that would meet the needs of the applicant. The Ministry of Community and Social Services has recently named all the Application Entities. These contact points will, from now on, be officially known as Developmental Services Ontario. They are the following:

Central East Region: York Support Services Network
Central West Region: Sunbeam Residential Development Centre
Eastern Region: Service Coordination des services
Hamilton-Niagara Region: Contact Hamilton for Children’s and Developmental Services
North East Region: Hands
Northern Region: Lutheran Community Care Centre of Thunder Bay
South East Region: Extend-A-Family
South West Region: Community Services Coordination Network
Toronto Region: Surrey Place Centre

If you do not know your region, you can use a search tool and map by accessing the following website:

Starting on July 1, 2011, Developmental Services Ontario will be the only place where new applications for supports and services will be made and assessed for eligibility. If you are currently waiting for services and supports and have been found eligible or are currently receiving those supports, this will not change in July, 2011. If you were already found eligible for supports and services, you will be ‘grand-parented’ and do not need to re-apply in July. Within the next 5 years however, the intent is that everyone will be assessed using the new application package by Developmental Services Ontario.

Until July 1,2011 individuals are asked to contact the community agencies and mechanisms currently in place.

For more information, please view the Ministry of Community and Social Services website, and the Ministry’s publication called Spotlight on Transformation at:

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