Kerry’s Place Autism Services offers a comprehensive menu of individualized supports, in the form of individual and group intervention, respite, recreation, and parent training, all available through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). We aim to assist families in learning about eligible services, the childhood budget application process, and matching the services we offer to what parents and their children need the most.
CHILDHOOD BUDGET INFORMATION
Children who are registered for the Ontario Autism Program, and currently on the waitlist, will transition to childhood budgets. The time frame within which families will receive their childhood budget is based on a combination of the length of time they have been waiting for service, and their age.
To learn more about the Childhood Budget and eligibility, please click here to attend one of our upcoming orientation sessions.
To read more information online by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS), click here.
WHAT IS A CHILDHOOD BUDGET?
Childhood budgets provide money directly to you to purchase the services and supports that are most important to you and your child.
After registering for the Ontario Autism Program, families will receive a letter to apply for a childhood budget. The letter will include unique reference number and instructions on how to complete and submit the application for a childhood budget. Keep this letter so you can easily access your reference number.
Families have two different options regarding how they may receive their budgets:
• The full amount sent directly to the family
• Some or all of the provided funds to go directly to up to three service providers of your choice
If you want the ministry to pay your service providers directly, you must specify in your application which providers you choose and the amount of money to pay them.
Step 5 of the Ontario Autism Program Childhood Budget Form is where a family can specify that some or all of your funds be directed to a service provider of your choice.
If you would like to have some or all of your Childhood Budget sent directly to Kerry’s Place, here what you can enter in this section: