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Special Services at Home (SSAH)

Program Name:

Special Services at Home
For information call: 613-545-0539 or 1-800-646-3209

c/o Ministry of Child and Youth Services
11 Beechgrove Lane, Kinston Ontario K7N 9A6


The Special Services at Home (SSAH) Program helps families who are caring for a child with an intellectual or physical disability.  It is funded and managed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

What can I use the funding for?

  • Personal Development and Growth – This could include helping a person acquire new skills and abilities, such a improving communications skills or supporting a person as he or she undertakes more and more of the activities associated with daily living.
  • Respite and Support  –  respite provides a break for the family and may help avoid burn-out, stress and fatigue.  It provides an opportunity for the family to have a different experience, build new relationships and learn new skills

Who can apply?

  • Parents, family members, and legal guardians of children with a developmental or physical disability under the age of 18 and adults with a developmental disability
  • Individuals 16 years of age or older with a disability can apply on behalf of themselves.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, the individual with the disability must be:

  • Residents of Ontario;
  • Have ongoing functional limitations as a result of a disability;
  • Require support beyond that which is a normal family responsibility; and
  • Be living at home with their families or living away from their family's home but not residing in a Ministry-funded residential setting

How do I apply?

  1. You can apply by filling out an application on your own or with the assistance of an agency or professional. You can obtain an application by visting the Ministry of Children and Youth Services website.
  2. You will need medical documentation clearly confirming the diagnosis of the individual with the disability.

How are funding decisions made?

Applications are reviewed and assessed by a Special Agreements Officer who sets priorities based on several factors such as:  

  • The type and amount of service your family needs;
  • What you need in order to enhance your ability to cope with providing care;
  • The complexity of the support required as a result of the level of the ongoing functional limitation;
  • Supports and services currently available in the community;
  • Support networks of the individual and family;
  • Locally identified priorities; and
  • Availability of funds.

Who do I contact for more information?

SSAH Ministry page

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