We have much to celebrate regarding attendant services. In 2014, the provincial government announced $5 million for the self-adminstered Direct Funding program, as well as an additional $5 million over three years. In addition, several Local Health Integration Networks - regional health services planning bodies - have announed substantial increases to Outreach attendant services.
During the 2013 provincial budget consultations, SCI Ontario and other organizations stressed the need to provide more attendant services to those to need them. We were successful in including services for non-seniors with disabilities in the additional $185 million for Community Care Access Centres, but there is more to do.
Our members have told us they need a range of attendant services. These include outreach attendant services, self-administered Direct Funding and supportive housing.
We know that attendant services promote dignity and health in the community. We know that little or no services results in poorer health and increased isolation for many.
It's time that all Members of Provincial Parliament knew, too.
We need your help: share your story.
While the provincial budget has been passed, it has yet to be implemented. We will collect narratives to show the impact of limited services, and build the case for expanded attendant services in the community.
Find out more about our work regarding attendant services here.