The Special Service at Home (SSAH) funding program is a reimbursement program that helps families who are living in Ontario and caring for a child with a developmental and/or physical disability. To be eligible, the child must not be receiving support from a residential program. The program allows families to more easily access special services and is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS).
SSAH can be used to help the child access services that assist with personal development, skill building, and participation in the community. It can also be used to hire a support worker and for temporary respite to provide relief for families. The ministry recently expanded the list of eligible expenses in response to COVID-19. See the full list here.
If you think you may be eligible for SSAH funding, please visit MCCSS’s SSAH information page for details on how to apply.
Anyone who has been approved for SSAH funding can create a free MyDirectPlan account with tons of great features.
As of October 1, 2020, the Ontario government is funding a temporary wage increase for eligible workers who provide personal support services.
This includes temporary support to people and families who pay for services from eligible direct support workers with funding from the following direct funding programs:
Visit the links above to learn more about how to get this temporary support!
Effective April 1st, 2020, important, temporary changes have been put in place for recipients of direct funding under the Special Services at Home (SSAH) and Passport programs.
The Ontario government is committed to supporting adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families during the COVID-19 outbreak. To help Passport and SSAH recipients and their families during this challenging time, the Ontario government is making temporary changes to expand admissible expenditures under the Passport and SSAH programs.
For more information about this and other important, temporary changes that may affect you, please visit:
If you have any questions, please contact your local Passport agency or local Regional Office.