It is important to note that all SSAH/MFTD invoices and receipts are processed by CMHA WW on the 7th and the 22nd of each month – with a reimbursement cheque mailed out with in 5 to 10 business days. Please have them to CMHA WW by 8am on these dates. Any discrepancies in the invoices and receipts you submit will result in a delay in processing, and invoices may need to be returned for completion.
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 or legal guardian 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 call AIR – Access, Information & Referral – at 519-824-4015.
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 & Youth 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 two options for utilizing the funding. Option A is the Independent Model, where the family contracts with a provider of their choice. Option B is the Employee Model where CMHA WW recruits, hires, and supervises workers. We recommend the Independent Model as the primary option to families. The Employee Model is recommended for families who would need support. We also provide support to all families to make use of the flexibilities attached to SSAH funding to provide sibling care, 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 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 worker database part of the respiteservices.com website. Community Helpers for Active Participation
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 utilize the Independent Model 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 support 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 supports may be available to assist families to pay for one-to-one supports and fees to help a child with a disability to participate in camps and other recreational activities. FSO Coordinators will inform families if and when funding becomes available.
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 “Family Information” section.
For more information, contact the Project Coordinator at (519) 821 8089 ext. 7013. For more information about recreation programs available in Wellington County, please see the “Inclusive Recreation Directory”, also found in the “Family Information” section.
You can now 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.
Below is a tip sheet on how to use the email invoice:
An information sheet on how to create the electronic signature that is required on the email invoice is below:
Are you a parent or legal guardian 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 you live in Guelph and/or Wellington County, please review the document below and follow the directions as they reflect your child’s needs.
AIR - Access, Information & Referral - http://accessinformation.ca/
Compass Community Services (formerly Family Counselling & Support Services) - https://compasscs.org/
DSO - Developmental Services Ontario - https://www.dsontario.ca/
Kerry’s Place Autism Services - https://www.kerrysplace.org/
KidsAbility Centre for Child Development - https://www.kidsability.ca/
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