At the Community Living Ontario conference the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services presented the plan and thinking behind the new funding allocation model for supported and assisted living organizations. We see the biggest change in this model is the desire to match funding to individuals and their needs. The ministry talked about the importance of why they are engaging in this change, how the new funding model will work in concept, and a summary of what has been completed so far.
The ministry outlined their reasons for this new approach is based on the following: (a) people with similar supports needs are receiving different resources, (b) demographic changes (such as longer life expectancy) mean that the demand will continue to grow faster than the vacancies for the foreseeable future and (c) people with developmental disabilities want to have a bigger role in directing their services.
The concept for the new model involves the following:
- Implementing a standardized assessment process such as ADSS and/or SIS for clients;
- Grouping the clients into categories based on independence and support needs; and
- Analyzing funding and services received by existing clients in these categories to establish benchmarks.