Working in partnership with families. Family Support Options offers a range of supports to families who are caring for a child, up to the age of 18, with a developmental or physical disability living in Wellington County.
For questions or more information about funding you already have within Family Support Options (FSO) – which includes the Special Services at Home (SSAH) and/or Medically Fragile Technologically Dependent (MFTD) funding programs at CMHA WW, please contact your Coordinator at (519) 821-8089 or 1-844-264-2993 (Colleen Scott ext. 7509; Julie Bergwerff ext. 2518 or Lisa Romeo ext. 2507).
If you are a parent/legal guardian or service partner who is interested in determining if your child (ages birth to 17 years of age) is eligible for any of these funding programs offered through FSO at CMHA WW and you live in Guelph and/or Wellington County please refer to the Referral Information tab below.
For information and questions about the Supporting Kids in Camp (SKIC) Program – please contact Jennifer Hughes Djaja at ext. 7013
Special Services At Home
The Special Services at Home (SSAH) program is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.
Family Support Options (FSO) Coordinators assist families to apply for SSAH funding which provides one-to-one support in the home or in the person’s community to meet personal development and growth goals. SSAH provides funding for parent relief and related supports to help the family meet their identified needs.
The FSO Program has options for funding. Please talk with your Coordinator for more information. This program provides financial support to all families to make use of the flexibilities attached to SSAH funding for assistance with camp costs, recreation, other respite options and/or temporary assistance with homemaking tasks.
Please click here for a brief information video of SSAH.
The "Invoice for Services Provided" can be found here. Please note that the form is password protected, please contact your Coordinator for more information. A tip sheet detailing the invoice process is here: SSAH Email Invoice Tip Sheet.
CMHA WW manages the CHAP (Community Helpers for Active Participation) worker database part of the respiteservices.com website.
Community Helpers for Active Participation (CHAP) is a database for families who would like to contract with an Independent Provider. The CHAP Coordinator screens individuals who are interested in supporting people with developmental or physical disabilities. Families who choose an Independent Provider can register and place classified ads so that they can be matched with individuals who are interested in providing support. The CHAP Coordinators search the database for families and send profiles of potential independent providers to registered families.
Support for children who are medically fragile / technology dependent (MFTD)
FSO Coordinators also manage “MFTD” supports which are geared towards providing individualized respite options for children who are medically fragile and technology dependent. This extra funding is intended to provide them with opportunities to participate in programs and activities that will enhance their socialization, learning, and enjoyment of seasonal recreation, as well as to provide their parents with needed respite from caregiving.
Seasonal support funding may be available to children with the MFTD designation. Please contact your FSO Coordinator for more information.
Camp is a great opportunity to have new experiences and make new friends! Supporting Kids in Camp (SKIC) offers children with physical or developmental needs the opportunity to fully participate in the Wellington County based program of their choice – be it art camp, sports camp, computer camp – the possibilities are endless! This participation comes from the paid, trained, one-on-one Supporting Kids in Camp staff (called Support Counsellors) available through the program, all of whom have experience working in camps and with children with special needs, as well as strong support for inclusion programs in community camps through training for camp staff and consultation. All Support Counsellors participate in comprehensive training including sessions on working with children with physical needs, positive approaches to managing challenging behaviours, modifying camp programs and more. Applications for the program are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and are available in the Children’s Services: Family Support Options section of the website under Supporting Kids in Camp (www.cmhaww.ca/skic).
For more information about recreation programs available in Wellington County, please see the “Inclusive Recreation Directory,” found on the SKIC website.
Connect with SKIC Coordinator Jennifer Hughes Djaja #519-821-8089 Ext. 7013
Families have several other options to submit an invoice, that include the following:
- You can submit your SSAH Invoice by email. The invoice for services can be found here. Please note that the form is password protected, please contact your Coordinator for more information.
- Drop off in person at the following CMHA WW offices: 80 Waterloo Ave., Guelph; 234 St. Patrick St. E., Fergus; 392 Main St., Suite 1, Mount Forest. Mailboxes labeled "SSAH Invoices" are available near the main entrances of the buildings.
- Families can also fax their SSAH invoices to 519-821-9865. To avoid long distance costs, you may also fax your invoice to 519-323-3771. Only the front of the page needs to be faxed.
- Families can also mail their SSAH invoices to CMHA WW Attn: Payroll Dept. 80 Waterloo Ave, Guelph, ON, N1H 0A1.
Click here to view invoice samples:
Please click on the link below for more information:
- SSAH Program Family Information Manual
- Family Support Options Brochure
- Invoice for Services Provided
- Electronic Invoice
- SSAH Fact Sheet February 2018
- CHAP Information Package
- Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: It's Your Duty
- Personal Care Guidelines
- Transition to Adult Resource Sheet
- Serious Occurrence Reporting
- SSAH Guidelines Feb 2018
- Email/Text Disclaimer
- Referral to FSO Form - Fillable
Are you a parent/legal guardian or service partner interested in determining if your child (ages birth to 17 years of age) is eligible for any of these funding programs offered through FSO at CMHA WW? If your child lives in Guelph and/or Wellington County, please review and follow the referral directions included in the documents below.
For Parents/Legal Guardians
For Service Partners
Ministry SSAH Guidelines
AIR - Access, Information & Referral: http://accessinformation.ca/
CMHA WW Here 24/7: https://here247.ca/
Community Living Guelph: https://clgw.ca/
Compass Community Services (formerly Family Counselling & Support Services): https://compasscs.org/
DSO - Developmental Services Ontario: https://www.dsontario.ca/
Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington: https://www.fcsgw.org/
Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington: https://www.is-gw.ca/
Hopewell Children’s Homes, Stephanie Home: https://www.hopewellchildrenshomes.org/
Independent Living Guelph: https://guelphindependentliving.org/
Kerry’s Place Autism Services: https://www.kerrysplace.org/
KidsAbility Centre for Child Development: https://www.kidsability.ca/
Kids Country Club: https://www.kidscountryclub.org/
Ministry of Children, Community & Social Services (MCCSS): https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/
OAP - Ontario Autism Program: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-autism-program
ODSP - Ontario Disability Support Program: https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/EN/MCSS/programs/social/odsp/index.aspx
Respite Services / CHAP Program (Community Helpers for Active Participation) (Wellington): https://www.supportyourway.ca/Wellington/respiteservices
Surrey Place: https://www.surreyplace.ca/