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An Income Program for People with Disabilities: The Blueprint.

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  1. 1. An Income Program for People with Disabilities: The Blueprint A Presentation by the Disability Income Support Task Team
  2. 2. Our Presentation…. <ul><li>Task Team - Background and Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Principles and Goals – The New “Foundation” </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing New Ideas – “ Building the New House” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is it for? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you get in the program? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What will the benefit be like? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What will the service be like? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>October 2006 - Disability Income Support Coalition (DISC) formed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to advocate for a separate dignified income support for people with disabilities to be developed in collaboration with the disability community. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>October 2008 - Minister of Social Services announced the development of a separate dignified income program for people with disabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>The announcement included a commitment to collaborate and consult with disability community on the design and roll out of the new program. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Background <ul><li>January 2009 - Community and Government Task Team formed </li></ul><ul><li>Task Team includes community representation from DISC, PIND, the Saskatchewan Abilities Council and government representation from the Ministry of Social Services </li></ul><ul><li>January – March 2009 – regular meetings to develop recommendations for a new program </li></ul><ul><li>Task Team will submit a report to the Minister in spring 2009 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Task Team Purpose <ul><li>Develop recommendations for the new income program – The Blueprint! </li></ul><ul><li>Task Team asked for recommendations on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who should be eligible? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to determine who is eligible? (eligibility and assessment processes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How should the program work? (What kind of benefits? What type of service?) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How much? $$$ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Money issues not part of Task Team work </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Community Meetings <ul><li>TODAY…… </li></ul><ul><li>Want to share the work the Task Team has done so far </li></ul><ul><li>NEED YOUR INPUT AND FEEDBACK </li></ul><ul><li>Are we on track? </li></ul><ul><li>MOST IMPORTANTLY - We do not have all the answers and we need your advice and input </li></ul>
  7. 7. The New Foundation: Program Principles and Goals
  8. 8. New Foundation <ul><li>SAP was not designed for people with disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Need a program that reflects that people with disabilities have unique needs and usually need longer term support </li></ul><ul><li>Need new program – one that is different </li></ul><ul><li>So – we start with a new foundation….. </li></ul>
  9. 9. New Foundation: Draft Principles <ul><li>Dignified and respectful </li></ul><ul><li>Person-centered </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering </li></ul><ul><li>Non-intrusive </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Separate </li></ul><ul><li>Easily accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Simple </li></ul><ul><li>Individualized and portable </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Timely </li></ul><ul><li>Impact-based </li></ul><ul><li>Fair and transparent </li></ul><ul><li>Aligned </li></ul><ul><li>A high quality service </li></ul><ul><li>Accountable </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable </li></ul>A well designed disability income support program is: Watch for…. 
  10. 10. New Foundation: Draft Goals <ul><li>Provide income support for those with limited ability to work </li></ul><ul><li>Promote participation in community life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>learning opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recreation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>volunteer activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>paid employment </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Building the New House: What might it look like?
  12. 12. <ul><li>Four areas of discussion: </li></ul><ul><li>Who is it for? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you get in the program? </li></ul><ul><li>What will the benefit be like? </li></ul><ul><li>What will the service be like? </li></ul>What…….
  13. 13. Who is it for? <ul><li>People with work-limiting disabilities – initial definition provided </li></ul><ul><li>Must be 18 years of age </li></ul><ul><li>The disability must be SIGNIFICANT and ENDURING </li></ul><ul><li>The disability must limit the ability to work </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals must have little or no income </li></ul>Not everyone who has a disability on SAP today will be part of the new program – the program will be for those with SIGNIFICANT and ENDURING disabilities
  14. 14. Who is it for? <ul><li>Significant means a disability that has a substantial impact on daily living/work activities and that requires support </li></ul><ul><li>Enduring means a continuous or periodic disability that is expected to be permanent or indefinite </li></ul>
  15. 15. How do you get in?  ENDURING  SIGNIFICANT  New Program SAP Today   Who?? Primarily doctors Doctors + others Who?? A new approach to assessing for disability…….  Duration Impact Presence What do we need to know?
  16. 16. How do you get in? <ul><li>More emphasis on the IMPACT of the disability </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment likely two stages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine IMPACT first (variety of people might be able to do) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Then get information to establish ENDURING (could be from a doctor, could be from others too) </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. How do you get in? <ul><li>Also need to assess INCOME </li></ul><ul><li>Will be simpler than SAP is today – recognizing that most will have limited income </li></ul><ul><li>Less frequent reporting – maybe annual only </li></ul><ul><li>Simpler & less intrusive </li></ul><ul><li>Will better support periodic employment </li></ul><ul><li>Allow people to keep more of what they earn </li></ul>
  18. 18. What will the benefit be like? <ul><li>THREE PART BENEFIT </li></ul><ul><li>Part 1 – “Basic Living Income” </li></ul><ul><li>The Alberta Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program provides flat rate benefits. All benefits including food shelter, utilities, personal costs are provided in a single benefit . </li></ul><ul><li>Use simple flat rate benefit amounts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Would cover food, clothing, shelter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simpler </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less reporting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greater flexibility </li></ul></ul>  
  19. 19. What will the benefit be like? <ul><li>Part 2 - “Disability Income” </li></ul><ul><li>Flat rates for the range of routine costs associated with the impact of a disability (eg. dietary, special transportation). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Would require limited reporting or receipts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Part 3 - “Exceptional Needs Benefit” </li></ul><ul><li>A benefit for emergency or extraordinary items </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Would be based on reporting of actual expenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As needed, not monthly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintains flexibility </li></ul></ul> 
  20. 20. What will the benefit be like? Would vary by impact Would ↑ with impact   Exceptional Needs SAP rules New rules Future Years (2011+) Year One (2010?)
  21. 21. What will the service be like? <ul><li>Ability to choose – different service for different needs </li></ul><ul><li>Overall – less intrusive – less interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Routine – by email, phone, or web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initial application/assessment – in person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complicated circumstances – in person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Periodic reviews – some in person, some by mail, web, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self service where it makes sense – least intrusive </li></ul> 
  22. 22. What will the service be like? <ul><li>Ministry staff will still deliver </li></ul><ul><li>Staff will have specialized disability related knowledge and training </li></ul><ul><li>A less intrusive program will make it simpler for staff as well – will mean Ministry can shift resources to providing other higher value service to clients </li></ul><ul><li>Will also mean a shift…. </li></ul>“ Case Work” Model “ Client Service” Model FROM TO  
  23. 23. Next Steps <ul><li>The Task Team will finalize these recommendations based on your feedback today </li></ul><ul><li>Report to Minister in May 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t have all the answers – more detailed design to follow later…. </li></ul><ul><li>This will be a multi year process! </li></ul><ul><li>Please be patient! </li></ul>
  24. 24. Help us get it right!