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Appendix 2 : Services Funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services for Persons with a Developmental Disability
Service Description
Case Management Includes service coordination, planning and support, monitoring, advocacy and resource coordination.
Community Participation Supports Community participation supports provide opportunities for individuals who have a developmental disability to find more ways to participate in their communities, such as through social and recreational activities, work and volunteer activities.
Specialized Community Supports Specialized resources include services such as behavioural assessment and counselling services, speech and language therapy; specialized training for professionals who work with individuals who have a dual diagnosis (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and behaviour therapists); services that provide urgent support for individuals whose needs exceed the capacity of their caregivers; community outreach such as training, consultation and counselling for caregivers (e.g., agency staff, family, community health professionals); residential arrangements where individuals receive transitional or ongoing clinical supports from specialized professionals; research, professional development and training in best practice models of care, support and interventions.
Residential Supports Provision of housing supports to assist individuals to live independently in the community. Programs offered are Supported Independent Living, Group Home living situations, Family Home arrangements, and Individual Residential Model options.
Special Services at Home (SSAH) A directly operated MCSS respite program for children and adults who have a developmental disability and for children with a physical disability. The program provides annual funding directly to families so that they may purchase respite services and supports not already available in the community.
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

People with a developmental disability can apply to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) which is designed to meet the unique needs of people with disabilities who are in financial need, or who want and are able to work and need support. It is directly operated by the Ministry and the program has two components: Income Support; and Employment Supports.

Income Support

Income Support provides financial assistance and other benefits to eligible people with disabilities and their families. This includes accommodation and basic living expenses, as well as prescription drugs and basic dental care.

Employment Supports

The ODSP Employment Supports program works with community service providers to help people with disabilities prepare for and find jobs, keep a job and advance their career. The program can also help people with disabilities become self-employed.

Some examples of the supports that may be available include:

Job coaching

On-the-job training

Adaptive software and mobility devices

Interpreter/intervenor services

Transportation assistance

Assistive devices and training to use them

Tools and equipment

Special clothing

Specialized computer training

Other items that may be needed for work.