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Navigating the Department of Social Development & Housing - Prince Edward Island

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This Toolkit will provide individuals and their families information about the Department of Social Development & Housing (DSDH) in Prince Edward Island. The Toolkit will breakdown the different programs DSDH provides, how to contact DSDH for supports and what programs and funding is available.

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Navigating the

Department of Social

Development & Housing

Helping individuals with Autism and their families navigate the Department of Social Development & Housing support and funding programs.

Navigating DSDH Acknowledgments

This Toolkit was written and designed by Autism Nova Scotia. The organization would like to thank the staff of the Stars for Life Foundation and the Government of Prince Edward Island for their support and feedback during the review process.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners, AIDE Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada for their funding and support during the creation of the Funding Toolkit.

Copyright © 2021. Autism Nova Scotia

Navigating DSDH Index

Navigating DSDH Index

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Where to start?

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Prince Edward Island

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What is the Department of Social Development & Housing

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Support for People with Disabilities

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When to apply for support?

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Who to contact?

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Financial Assessment

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Functional Assessment

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How to apply for support for my child?

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My child is under 18 - where do I go for assistance?

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What is the AccessAbility Program?

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AccessAbility Program Eligibility

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Assured Income

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I have more questions - where do I go?

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Where to start?

Navigating DSDH

The Department of Social Development & Housing (DSDH) provides support and funding for families and individuals in need of assistance.

This booklet will explain:

The Department of Social Development & Housing

Who to reach out to for help

How to reach out for help

How an individual qualifies for help

DSDH programs

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NavigatingThe HousingDSDHToolkitPrinceIndexEdward Island

Prince Edward Island:

The Department of Social Development & Housing has telephone numbers to contact them based on the support being provided. See below the general toll free number to contact when looking for information about support for people with disabilities.

1.DSDH Phone Number: 1-902-620-3777

2.AccessAbilityToll Free Number: 1-866-594-3777

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What is the Department of Social Development & Housing?

The Department of Social Development & Housing (DSDH) is part of the Government of Prince Edward Island. DSDH helps individuals and families through 5 different pillars to provide residents of PEI with support.

Department of Social Development & Housing

 

Child &

 

 

Housing

 

 

People

 

 

Seniors

 

 

Supports

 

Family

 

 

 

with Disabilities

 

 

 

 

& Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supports

 

Housing

 

PEI Home

Seniors Safe

 

Housing

 

for Family

 

 

Assistance

 

 

Renovation

 

@ Home

 

 

Assistance

 

Violence

 

Seniors Safe @

 

 

Program

 

Program

 

Family

Open

 

 

 

PEI Senior

 

 

Resource

 

 

Home Program

 

AccessAbility

 

 

 

Adoption

 

 

 

 

Islanders

 

 

Centres

 

 

Seniors Home

 

 

Supports

 

 

 

 

Records

 

 

 

 

of the Year

 

Social

 

 

 

Repair Program

 

Autism

 

 

Be a Foster

 

 

 

 

Nomination

 

 

Development

 

PEI Home

 

 

Funding

 

 

 

 

Parent

 

 

 

 

Form

 

 

& Housing

 

 

 

Renovation

 

Autism

 

 

 

Adoption

 

 

 

Prince

 

 

Policies

Child Care

 

 

Program

 

 

Services for

 

Edward Island

 

AccessAbility

 

Subsidy

 

Affordable

 

 

Children and

 

Seniors Guide

 

 

Supports

 

Calculator

 

 

Housing

 

 

Youth

 

Ageism

 

Federal &

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the

 

 

Provincial

 

 

 

 

Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seniors’

 

 

Benefits for

 

 

 

 

Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secretariat

 

 

Residents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Support for People with Disabilities

Support for People with Disabilities is a department in the Social Development & Housing. They help individuals with disabilities who are eligible to access support and housing.

People with Disabilities

Autism Services for

PEI Home

Autism

AccessAbility

Children & Youth

Renovation Program

Funding

Supports

 

 

 

 

Intensive Behavioural Intervention (I.B.I.)

Intensive Kindergarten Support (I.K.S.)

Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.)

Provides financial assistance to qualifying Islanders to help cover the cost of major structural renovations. Eligible applicants with a permanent disability may receive up to a maximum $8,000 available if the renovations improve the accessibility of the house.


• Preschool autism

Personal Supports


funding.

Housing Supports


School-age autism

Caregiver Supports


Community


funding.


 

Supports


 

 


 

Assured Income

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When to apply for support?

When to apply for help:

It is important to start early when applying to the Department of Social Development & Housing (DSDH) for support.

Under 18:

Families looking for support for their child should reach out to their local DSDH and Department of Education office regarding funding and support.

A child who is receiving funds through DSDH does not need to reapply to receive funding for when they turn 18.

Over 18:

Children and Adults are eligible to receive funding support through AccessAbility.

As an adult you can apply for Assured Income to receive support for basic needs. Look at page 13 for more information.

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Who to contact?

When determining an individual’s eligibility they must contact the Department of Social Development & Housing (DSDH) for an intake appointment to determine the individual’s care plan moving forward.

Department of Social Development & Housing

Learn how to contact the Department of Social Development & Housing (DSDH) for help

Call DSDH #

1-866-594-3777

0-18 years

18+ years

Ask for available support for children with disabilities. Leave a message.

DSDH will call back. You will need to:

Complete the Disability Specific Verification

Form.

Canada Revenue Agency Notice of assessment & additional documents.

Ask for the AccessAbility Program.

Leave a message.

DSDH will call back. You will need to:

Complete the Disability Specific Verification

Form.

Canada Revenue Agency Notice of assessment & additional documents.

DSDH will contact the individual for a

Functional Needs Assessment.

If they are eligible for the program they will connect with a staff person to start accessing services and supports. You have 30 days to appeal the decision if you do not agree with it.

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Financial Assessment

A financial assessment will be completed once an application has been submitted and accepted for an individual applying for support. If an individual is over 18 then only their income will be assessed unless they are living with their spouse. During a financial assessment for children (18 years and younger) their family/support network they are living with will be assessed.

Financial Assessment Process

 

An individual 18+ or older

 

An individual 18+

 

without a spouse

 

with a spouse

 

 

 

 

Assess applicants financial

 

• Assess the individual and their

 

information.

 

spouses financial information.

Assess applicants income.

 

• Assess the number of individuals

Consider applicants support

 

living in the household.

 

needs and associated costs.

 

• Consider the individual support

 

 

 

needs and associated costs.

 

 

 

 

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Functional Assessment

An individual’s AAS Support Coordinator will complete a functional assessment to determine the level of support needed:

How to set up Functional Assessment

An individual will call DSDH to connect with an AAS Support Coordinator.

An AAS Support Coordinator will conduct a functional assessment.

The AAS Support Coordinator will rate the individual’s level of support needs based on their:

Activities of Daily Living.

Health Status.

Medical conditions.

Behaviour.

Safety.

Program Support Options.

The AAS Support Coordinator will determine the amount of funding support they receive based on their level of support needs ($400-3100).

Level of Support Needs:

Level 1: Mild

Level 2: Moderate

Level 3: High

Level 4: Enriched

Level 5: Intensive

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How to apply for support for my child?

When determining a child’s eligibility they must contact their local Department of Social Development & Housing to set up an assessment.

Family Support for Children with Disabilities Program Eligibility

Have a diagnosis

The child has a disability, a lifelong physical, sensory,

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cognitive or neurological condition or impairment which

 

limits their ability to participate in activities of daily living.

 

Must have at least one letter of support from a health professional that speaks to the child’s limited ability to function in normal daily living.

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3

Age & Residency Requirements

Must be 0-64 years of age.

Allowed to legally live in Canada.

A resident of Prince Edward Island.

Assessments & Forms

Complete preliminary application form or phone call.

Complete application with Government of Prince Edward Island AAS support staff.

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My child is under 18 - where do I go for assistance?

The Department of Social Development & Housing helps families in need through the AccessAbility Support (AAS) and other funding programs. See the AccessAbility Program on page 12 and below for how they may support you.

Government of PEI Supports Available for Children with Disabilities

AccessAbility

Support

AAS is support by the Department of Social Development & Housing:

Housing Supports.

Community Supports.

Personal Supports.

Caregiver Supports.

Assured Income.

Autism Funding

& Services

These programs are support by the Department of Education:

Preschool autism funding.

School-age autism funding.

Intensive Behavioural Intervention.

Intensive Kindergarten Support.

Individual Education Plan.

Additional Supports

& Services

These programs are support by Health PEI & other Government of PEI Departments:

Education Services for Blind and Visually Impaired

Students.

Help for Child Care Expenses.

Social Assistance Program.

Housing Assistance.

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What is the AccessAbility Program?

The AccessAbility Support (AAS) Program is part of the Department of Social Development & Housing supports. They help individuals who are eligible with receiving support, funding, and housing.

AccessAbility Support

Caregiver

 

Financial

 

Community

Supports

 

Supports

 

Supports

 

 

 

 

 

Supports for

 

Helps with basic

 

Helps increase

family members

 

living expenses for

 

active participation

or caregivers may

 

those over 18 if

 

in the community

include:

 

 

 

needed and may

 

and may include:

• Respite for

 

 

 

include:

 

• Assistance with

caregivers to allow

 

 

 

Assistance for

 

finding or keeping

them time to have

 

 

 

basic needs such

 

a job.

a break and

 

 

 

as food, clothing,

 

• Supports to

recharge.

 

 

• Support

 

shelter, household

 

enable active

to provide

 

and personal

 

participation in the

supervision for

 

supplies through

 

community.

adults who are

 

 

 

what is called

 

• Aid or specialized

unable to safely be

 

 

 

Assured Income

 

transportation.

left home alone.

 

 

 

(AI).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Housing

 

Personal

Supports

 

Supports

 

 

 

Helps with

 

Helps with

independent living,

 

personal daily

which may include:

 

living, which may

• Financial

 

include:

assistance to

 

• Life skills training.

provide daily

 

• Technical aids

supervision

 

and assistive

and guidance

 

devices.

in a community

 

• Supports

residential setting.

 

that enable an

• Financial help

 

individual to be

for required

 

self sufficient.

home and vehicle

 

• Supports or

modifications.

 

personal care

 

 

workers.

 

 

 

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AccessAbility Support Program Eligibility

The AccessAbility Support (AAS) Program has eligibility criteria that must be met for an individual to be able to access support.

AccessAbility Program Eligibility

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2

3

Have a diagnosis

1.Diagnosed with a long term disability.

2.Diagnosed by a qualified health care practitioner and able to provide verification. of a diagnosis.

Age & Residency Requirements

You are 0 - 64 years of age.

Allowed to legally live in Canada.

A resident of Prince Edward Island.

Assessments & Forms

Complete a Financial Assessment.

Complete an application form or phone call with AAS support staff.

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Assured Income

Individuals who receive support through the AccessAbility Support program may be eligible for Assured Income (AI) if they are over 18. See below for more information on the Assured Income Program.

Who is Eligible for Assured Income (AI)

Call: 1-866-594-3777

Assured Income is a component of AAS that provides monthly financial supports to eligible applicants with disabilities to use towards securing their basic needs.

Eligible applicants can access funds from the following AI components:

Essentials (clothing, household supplies, personal requirements, and local transportation).

Food Allowance.

Shelter Supports.

Communication Supports (telephone and/or internet).

Special Needs (ie. optical, dental, furniture).

Medical Supports.

Transportation.

Community Living Expense.

You will find out if you are eligible in 3-7 business days. If you do not agree with your status you can ask for it to be reviewed again.

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I have more questions - where do I go?

If you are looking for more information, use this list of resources:

Persons with Disabilities-Department of Social Development & Housing

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/support-people-disabilities

AccessAbilitySupport Program

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/sites/default/files/publications/accessability_supports_flyer_july_2018_final.pdf

Supports for Children with Disabilities

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/children-disabilities

Housing Support for Persons with Disabilities

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/social-development-and-housing/accessability-supports

Career Development Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/social-development-and-housing/accessability-supports

Assured Income for Families of People with Disabilities

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/sites/default/files/publications/3.1_description.pdf

PEI Association for Community Living

https://peiacl.org/

Stars for Life Foundation

https://starsforlife.com/

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