"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things."

~ Niccolo Machiavelli, historian and writer

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Note to Self ** ... And Small Kudo to Gov't

** Please try to remember to post relevant happenings when they actually happen.
Province Expands Program for Families Supporting a Child with a Disability
More Nova Scotia families caring for a child with a disability will soon have help thanks to a $1.3‐million provincial investment.
The Department of Community Services is expanding the income eligibility guidelines for the Direct Family Support for Children Program to support more children with disabilities who live at home with their families.
"Families want their children to stay at home and in their communities," said Community Services Minister Denise Peterson‐Rafuse."This investment is making life better for families, and shows our commitment to improve services for persons with disabilities and their families."
Effective Dec. 1, the amount a family can make and be eligible for the Direct Family Support for Children Program jumps from $47,000 to $72,000, after taxes. More than 80 additional families will now have access to this funding, which helps with costs for things like transportation, medication and respite when a break is needed. The amount of assistance a family receives varies depending on their income, assessed need for respite and family size.
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Government has increased investments in programs for persons with disabilities by $19 million since 2009, bringing the annual budget to nearly $255 million.
My apologies, I fully intended to post this the day it was announced, meaning it is now over a week old.

Still, better late than never, right?

1 comment:

Jean said...

One thing I am curious about is how they came up with the number of 80 families? Is it because there are 80 families on the waiting list. I know that there are many families who have been refused eligibility to get in the program and stopped trying. I suspect across the province there are far more than 80 families who would like to benefit from this announcement...just saying