Component: DSSL - Adults' Community Accommodation

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

Service objectives

  • To provide accommodation, care and supervision to adults with a developmental disability in group living settings
  • To support the development of a personal Individual Support Plan (ISP) based on the principles of self-determination, social inclusion, citizenship and choice and to provide services that are reflective of this plan

Service description

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
  • Individuals served reside in a supported group living setting - a staff-supported residence operated by a Transfer Payment Recipient, in which three or more persons with developmental disabilities reside and receive services and supports from the agency

Individual support plan (ISP)

Each individual will have an Individual Support Plan (ISP) that is based on the assessed needs and preferences of the individual. The plan will identify the specific services/supports received by the individual, the expected outcomes and should be based on the principles of self-determination, social inclusion, citizenship, choice and other requirements outlined in Section 5 of Regulation 299/10.

Program/service features

A supported group living setting is a staff-supported setting operated by a service agency, in which three or more persons with developmental disabilities reside and receive services and supports from the agency.

Specific service provided

  • 24/7 staffing support for residents
  • Accommodation for groups of three or more residents
  • Supports to develop, review and implement an Individual Support Plan (ISP)
  • Provision of all food (to meet all nutritional needs including those arising from medical conditions) and other supportive living supports (e.g. bedding, linens, furnishings, personal care items, etc.)
  • Supports for activities of daily living such as assisting a person with personal hygiene, dressing, grooming, meal preparation, administration of medication, and includes training related to money management, banking, using public transportation and other life skills
  • Supports provided by supportive living staff for participation in community activities provided by supportive living staff
  • Supports for maintaining personal relationships and family connections, as desired by the individual
  • Accommodation and supports for individuals who are temporarily placed in vacant group living home spaces for primary caregiver respite; and
  • Providing/ensuring for the health, safety and wellness of individuals (health concerns, identifying safeguards, personal safety and security)

Note: Some supported group living settings may provide specialized accommodation.

Services excluded

  • Services that support supportive living outside of group living settings (e.g. housing not operated by developmental services agency); and
  • Services funded under community participation supports

Delivery method

  • Services are provided in person
  • Staff providing services are typically required to have certification in the human services field including developmental services or related training or experience
  • Services provided are aligned with the ministry's safety and security guidelines and expectations as per quality assurance measures

Services will be

  • Designed to address the needs of the individual and their family
  • Respectful of the social, linguistic and cultural diversity of individuals, families and communities
  • Staffed by individuals with the appropriate training and range of skills necessary to respond effectively to the needs of individuals and their families
  • Based on the individual's assessed strengths, needs, preferences and available individual, agency, community and contracted ministry resources
  • Obtained through the application for adult developmental services and supports process, which identifies individuals' support needs and priority access to service through a process that is objective, equitable and transparent

Program goals

To provide community based supportive living accommodation services and supports to adults with a developmental disability that promotes social inclusion, individual choice, independence and rights.

Ministry expectations

  • Service agencies will inform the appropriate Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) office of resources and/or vacancy declaration as it becomes available
  • 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

# of Bed Days Available: Group Living (directly operated)

The cumulative number of days a supportive living space is available and staffed during the reporting period. Only includes ministry-funded beds directly operated by your TPA (not via a third party).

# of Beds: Group Living (directly operated)

The total number of supportive living spaces for overnight stay at the end of the reporting period (snapshot), regardless of whether they are filled or not. Only includes ministry-funded beds directly operated by your TPA (not via a third party).

# of Individuals Served: Group Living (Direct Supportive Living)

The subset of "Individuals Served (Total)" who received supportive living service delivered by your TPA.

# of Individuals Served: Group Living (Direct Respite)

The subset of "Individuals Served (Total)" who received respite through the supportive living service delivered by your TPA.

# of Individuals Served: Group Living (Third party)

The subset of "Individuals Served (Total)" who received supportive living service funded by your TPA but delivered by a third party (including other TPAs and for-profit OPRs).

# of Individuals Served: Group Living (Total)

The unique/unduplicated number of individuals that received this type of service in any language in the reporting year (cumulative). Includes TPA direct service and third party service delivery. The same person should be counted only once if they received more than one type of this service, or if they exited and re-entered service during the year.

Group Living: Ministry-funded Agency Expenditures (Third party brokering/admin fee)

The subset of "Ministry-funded Agency Expenditures ($) (Total)" used to administer or broker the purchase of supportive living services from a third party (including other TPAs and for-profit OPRs), above and beyond the value of the third party contracts.

Group Living: Ministry-funded Agency Expenditures (Third party contracts)

The subset of "Ministry-funded Agency Expenditures ($) (Total)" used to purchase supportive living services through a contract with a third party (including other TPAs and for-profit OPRs).

Group Living: Ministry-funded Agency Expenditures (Total)

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

# of Supportive Living Resident Days: Group Living (Direct Service)

Number of days a permanent resident occupied the supportive living space in the reporting year (cumulative).

# of Respite Services Resident Days: Group Living (Direct Service)

Number of days an individual receiving respite services occupied the supportive living space in the reporting year (cumulative).