Proposed Regulatory Amendment to O. Reg. 386/99 under the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994 (HCCSA) Relating to Direct Funding Agreements for the Purpose of Self-Directed Care (SDC)
Ontario Regulation 386/99
Bill or Act:
Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994 (HCCSA)
Summary of Proposal:
In May 2015, the ministry announced Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, a three-year plan to improve and expand home and community care. It includes 10 initiatives to achieve higher quality, more consistent, and better integrated, home and community care.
Self-Directed Care, whereby clients are able to hire their own provider, or purchase services from a provider of their choice, using funding provided directly to them, is a key initiative on the Roadmap. It is intended to provide clients and caregivers in particular circumstances with greater say in choosing a provider and how that provider delivers services. This should support continuity of care and care quality, and improve the client and caregiver experience.
The proposed regulatory amendment would:
- specify the community services that LHINs may fund when providing direct funding to, or on behalf of, a person to purchase a community service;
- identify the eligible client cohorts; and
- exempt LHINs from the current service maximums for personal support services with respect to direct funding agreements for the purpose of self-directed care entered into with, or on behalf of, adults with an Acquired Brain Injury.
The proposed amendment to the regulation would apply where the minister has approved a LHIN to provide funding to, or on behalf of, a person to purchase a community service.
September 8, 2017
Comments Due Date:
October 9, 2017
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