If you have a date set for a medical review

A medical review of your disability allows us to make sure that you continue to meet the Ontario Disability Support Program's definition of disability.

A medical review date is set when a person's condition might improve over time. In this way, we make sure that the program continues to support the people it was designed to help.

Recipients will receive Income Support and other benefits while we do their medical review as long as they continue to meet all other eligibility requirements.

How the medical review process works

When it is time for your medical review, you will be sent a Disability Determination Package. It contains:

  • instructions on who has to fill out the forms
  • a Health Status Report and Activities of Daily Living Index form
  • a Consent to Release Medical Information form
  • a Self-Report form.

The Health Status Report and Activities of Daily Living Index form will need to be filled out by an approved health care professional, such as your doctor.

You will have 90 days to send in your forms. If, for reasons that are beyond your control, you need more time to complete the forms, you can ask for an extension. An example might be if you cannot get an appointment with a doctor or health care professional in time.

After we receive your completed forms

Specially trained staff who work in the Disability Adjudication Unit will:

  • review the information you gave us
  • decide if you still meet the program’s definition of disability
  • send you a letter to tell you what our decision is.

If you still qualify

If you still meet the program's definition of disability, you will continue to receive Income Support and other benefits as long as you continue to meet all other eligibility requirements of the program.

If you no longer qualify

If you no longer meet the program's definition of disability, you will no longer be eligible for Income Support as a person with a disability. However, this decision will not affect your Income Support for three months. This is to give you time to get used to the change in your circumstances.

This means:

  • if you are single, your Income Support and other benefits will stop after three months
  • if neither you nor your spouse meet the program's definition of disability, your family's Income Support and other benefits will stop after three months
  • if you are no longer eligible but you have a spouse who meets the program's definition of disability, your family's Income Support will be reduced after three months.

If you disagree with this decision, you can ask to have the decision reviewed. This is the first step in the appeal process and is called an Internal Review.

If your Income Support has stopped, you can apply to Ontario Works if you still need financial help.

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