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Ministry of Community and Social Services Introduces the Person Directed Planning Initiative

December 2009

The Ministry of Community and Social Services has obtained short term federal funding to support person directed planning for people with developmental disabilities.

This initiative offers services and supports to assist adults who have a developmental disability in identifying their life vision and community participation goals, and in finding the supports they require with the help of the important people in their lives

The purpose of the person-directed planning initiative is to support the ability of adults who have a developmental disability to direct the planning of their daily living. It focuses on their participation in the community, including training, education, and skills acquisition to obtain paid work or work experience/activities, including volunteer work.

Self-determination, choice, inclusion, and citizenship are the principles that guide service providers as they support the development and implementation of person directed plans.

In the Toronto region, eight agencies are working collaboratively to provide support in the development and implementation of person-directed plans for 180 individuals from Dec 2009 to March 31/2011.  Family Service Toronto is acting as the lead agency for this initiative. Click here to download the brochure.

Families also have the option of choosing independent planners who will be paid on a fee for service basis up to a maximum of $3,000 per plan, subject to available funding.  This funding will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.  To request independent planner funds please call Family Service Toronto at 416-971-6326 ext 326. Independent planners are required to submit an initial proposal and to provide outcome updates of the implementation of the plan on a quarterly basis.

For more information, please contact any of the following agencies:

Community Living Toronto        

416-245-5565 Ext 222

Family Service Toronto
416-971-6326 Ext 326

Geneva Centre for Autism                           
416-322-7877 Ext 296

Griffin Centre

JVS Toronto

Montage Support Services

Operation Springboard

Pour recevoir ce service en français, veuillez appeler Family Service Toronto au 416-971-6326