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Evaluation of Expansion to Direct Funding Program

Apr 15, 2012

The Direct Funding program provides funds for adults with a physical disability to take full responsibility for managing their own attendants. Participants in this program receive funding in lieu of services to undertake the responsibility of recruiting, hiring, training and supervising their own attendant workers.

The Direct Funding program received funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to expand to serve 30-50 new participants. The expansion funding is expected to eliminate the use of other more costly services by the new participants, and also free up space for other attendant service providers (eg. Attendant Outreach Services, Supportive Housing) as well as Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) and Long-Term Care allowing them to meet the needs of more people in the community. It also provides additional support for some existing participants who need it due to such factors as aging, progression of disability and potential family break-up.

The program is administered by Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) Inc. Jonathan Lomotey is co-leading the CCBR team working on this evaluation with John Lord. Rich Janzen, Jennifer Walker and David Armes are the members of the research team.