Component: DS Self-Managed Support – Direct

Legislation: Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008 (SIPDDA). Ministry of Community and Social Services Act (MCSSA)

Service objectives

Note: This service is only to be used by the designated consolidated payment agency to administer the Passport program recipient reimbursements of admissible expenditures

  • To administer the back office financial functions of the ministry-funded Passport program for adults with developmental disabilities
  • To host and operate the client information system that holds the shared electronic records used by the Consolidated Payment Agency (CPA) and Passport agencies for the purpose of administering their respective functions of the Passport program
  • To work collaboratively with the Passport agencies, including through the Ontario Passport Agency Network, to deliver the Passport program

Service description

Passport is a program that helps adults with a developmental disability be involved in their communities and live as independently as possible by providing funding for community participation services and supports, activities of daily living and person- directed planning. The program also provides funding for caregiver respite services and supports for primary caregivers of an adult with a developmental disability.

The consolidated payment agency, as the financial steward, will deliver all of the payment functions for the Passport program. The consolidated payment agency will be responsible for

  • Administering all financial transactions in regard to invoicing and payments for the Passport program, including reimbursing funding recipients for admissible expenditures
  • Operationalizing the Risk Based Review (RBR) model for the review of admissible and inadmissible expenditures; and
  • Implementing electronic invoicing and electronic signature capabilities for Passport recipients

People served

  • Services and supports are for persons who reside in Ontario, are at least 18 years of age and have a developmental disability as defined by the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008 and their primary caregivers

Specific service provided

  • Services related to administering the Passport program such as
    • administration of direct funding budgets; and
    • administering all financial transactions in regard to invoicing and payments for the Passport program
  • Participate in the provincial expenditure resolution process in accordance with ministry guidelines and
  • Support Passport agencies in accessing and using the client information system that holds the shared electronic records for the Passport agencies
  • Maintain program records and prepare and submit reports upon reasonable request by ministry staff.  This information will be in a form requested by ministry staff

Services excluded

Client facing services (i.e. service and program navigational supports) provided by Passport agencies.

Delivery method

There are two reimbursement options in the Passport program.

  • Recipients can choose to manage their own funding to develop their own support arrangements and hire their own support workers and service providers and/or
  • Recipients and families arrange payments with their chosen service provider(s) (e.g. ministry-funded Transfer Payment Recipient)

Services will be

  • Accessed through the application for developmental services and supports process at an application entity (Developmental Service Ontario), which assesses individuals' support needs
  • Passport recipients that are approved for Passport funding by Passport agencies, are provided reimbursement for admissible expenditures through the consolidated payment agency

Program goals

To provide reimbursement for admissible expenditures associated with community participation, caregiver respite, activities of daily living and person-directed planning in accordance with ministry guidelines.

Ministry expectations

  • Service agencies will comply with all relevant legislation, regulations, policy directives, program guidelines, funding agreement(s), accountability and reporting requirements
  • The service agency is responsible for utilizing the information technology specified by the Ministry for the collection and maintenance of information, maintaining the security, integrity, consistency and validity of the information collected and maintained and ensuring that data is accurate and kept up-to-date

Reporting requirements

The following service data will be reported on an Interim and Final stage. Please refer to your final agreement for report back due dates and targets.

Service Data NameDefinition

Ministry-funded Agency Expenditures for DS consolidated payments

Total ministry-funded expenses for the Transfer Payment Recipient to administer and/or deliver this service in the reporting year (cumulative).