The Special Services at Home program (SSAH) is funded yearly from April to March by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. It is available for children under the age of 18 with a developmental and/or physical disability who are residents of Ontario and live at home. The SSAH program is focused on meeting needs broadly related to personal growth and development or family relief and support. Families are required to make applications each year for this funding.
Once approved for SSAH funding, families are able to self-administer the monies through the Ministry or ask Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region (EAFWR) to administer their SSAH contract. EAFWR Support Coordinators work together with families to apply each year for the program. EAFWR will also recruit, screen, interview, and support the SSAH worker if the goals of the SSAH contract are related to personal growth and development or family relief and support. EAFWR can also provide reimbursement to families for approved expenses (i.e. respite, camp/recreational fees, etc.) from the SSAH contract according to the family's planned use of their funding.
EAFWR Coordinators will also assist families with the initial application for SSAH program funding whether the choice is to self-administer or have EAFWR administer the funding.