The ILS Program provides "up to twenty one (21) hours a week of supports and services**to eligible individuals who are semi-independent and require minimum support in their own apartment or home". As with the Direct Family Support for Adults program, individuals in the ILS Program might also be eligible to receive funding for items that, in the past, were more generally considered "social assistance" items, such as shelter costs, food, clothing, household items, prescriptions, transportation and a comforts (personal use) allowance.
Although this program sounds like like former "supervised apartment" program (more on that below) what makes this one so unique is that funding and services can now be accessed within the individual's "own apartment or home". This was not possible under the supervised apartment program.
Also unique about this program is that individuals may choose to share their accommodations with another person in the program. Although expenses associated with accommodations will be shared in such a situation, each individual will still have their own Individual Support Plan and hours of support. However, support hours may also be shared when it is considered "appropriate".
To be eligible for the ILS Program the individual must meet the following criteria:
- require no more than 21 hours of support a week;
- under the age of 65;
- able to access crisis support independently and are able to use an emergency response system;
- able to manage medication with minimal support and guidance;
- able to participate in decisions about their activities and needs and are able to communicate these needs/preferences to others; and
- willing to participate in the Individual Support Planning process.
- the individual has safety and risk issues which cannot be accommodated and supported within the ILS Program;
- there are medication management issuesthat present concerns for the applicant’s health and well-being that cannot be reliably and safely supported;
- appropriate professional and outreach supports identified as being required cannot be provided due to logistics, cost or availability;
- the applicant requires long-term or ongoing overnight support; and
- the applicant is unable to access crisis support independently or is unable to use an emergency response system.