In the very near future, the Government of Ontario will begin consultations to reform the Developmental Services sector. Here at Family Service Toronto (FST), we believe it is very important that our service users are able to provide their thoughts and opinions on this reform so that FST can make the government aware of any issues or concerns.
Beginning early September, FST will be hosting Zoom consultation sessions and teleconferences with those with lived experience/expertise who access our Developmental Services Programs. These services include, Options Children and Adult, Person Directed Planning and Passport programs. Following the initial sessions, there will be ongoing opportunities to provide feedback and advice regarding future programming at FST.
To volunteer to become part of these discussions or to get more information, please call or email Charlene Challenger firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-971-6326 extension 292, by Sept 11, 2020.
Effective April 1, 2020, temporary changes have been made for recipients of direct funding under the Special Services at Home (SSAH) and Passport programs. Please see the following links:
Passport is a program that helps adults with a developmental disability to participate in their communities, and helps caregivers take a break from their caregiving responsibilities. Funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS), the Passport program works to:
Individuals living in Toronto and interested in accessing Passport or any other developmental service must contact Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). To contact the DSO Toronto:
Phone: 1-855-372-3858 TTY: 416-925-0295
Starting this Fall, the Passport Program office will be hosting a peer-led support group for individuals and support persons involved in the Passport Program. Please contact your Coordinator if you are interested in more information or to register.
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Our Passport Coordinator Team:
Our team of Passport Coordinators is here to provide you with ongoing information and support. We provide support to develop a plan and budget for your Passport funding, help link you to services in your community, and will follow up with you about program forms.
Your Coordinator is here for:
The Passport Program is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS). MCSS provides guidelines on what the program’s funding does and does not cover. The following list of examples is based on the MCSS guidelines. All expenses should reflect individual interests and choices.
For more information please refer to the MCSS Tip Sheet or the MCSS Passport Program Guidelines
Individuals who receive support through the Passport program may choose between the following funding alternatives:
We’ve provided PDF versions of some of the program documents here for your reference: Information about the role of the Passport Coordinator, forms used in the program and payment processing can be found in the Information Package.
Information Package: Passport participants may submit their expenses no more than once per month to FST for reimbursement. The following two forms are used to submit expenses.
Sample Purchase of Service (POS) Form with Instructions: This form is a summary sheet for all expenses being submitted. Receipts and invoices must be attached to this form.
Sample Invoice Form with Instructions: This form is only to be submitted when a service provider has been hired. It is to be completed by the service provider and attached to the POS Form.
How to submit official invoices: A tip sheet for Passport program participants and the service providers who support them on submitting official invoices to the Passport program.
Hiring a Personal Support Worker: A tip sheet to help guide the processing of hiring a Personal Support Worker (PSW) that is right for you
Resources to Help People with Developmental Disabilities Use Their Individualized Funds Effectively
How is the amount funding determined for each person?
MCSS provides all Passport Agencies in Ontario with a standardized tool to determine the amount of eligible funding based on each person’s behavioural needs, medical needs, current supports, and if applicable the caregiver’s concerns and needs.
If I do not use all of my Passport funding this year can it be carried forward?
No. Passport funding cannot be carried over or saved for another year.
Do I need to renew my funding each year?
No. Passport funding does not require you to renew annually.
How do I apply for an increase in Passport funding?
All requests for new or increased funding are processed through Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). You can reach them at 416-925-4930.
Can someone help me find services in my community?
Yes. Your Passport Coordinator can help you connect with services and supports related to your Passport funding.
If I choose direct funding, do I have to submit invoices every month?
No. You cannot submit more than once per month but less often is okay.
Will using Passport funding affect my ODSP?
No. Passport is not considered income, it will not affect your ODSP.
How long will it take for my invoices to be processed?
Please allow 30 business days for payment from the date received in our office.
What happens if a Passport recipient is involved with the Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT)?
If the OPGT is the substitute decision maker/guardian, they will be notified by Passport and work with you and your supports, to determine the best possible way to administer your Passport funds. In some cases, families or trustees may continue to administer the funds.
Can I receive Passport service in a language other than English?
Yes! The Passport office provides service in French as well as additional languages depending on our staff team. Currently we also offer service in Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, and Italian.
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