Alcohol & Drug Residential Treatment

Overview

Under the Employment and Assistance Regulation and Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation, eligible persons in alcohol or drug residential treatment programs funded by the Ministry of Health may be provided with assistance including a standard user fee and a comforts allowance.

Policy

Effective:  December 1, 2003

Clients who are residents of alcohol and drug residential treatment facilities funded by the Ministry of Health (MoH) may be eligible for the standard user fee and a comforts allowance. [For maximum rates, see Rate Table: Payment of Assistance – User Fee for Alcohol and Drug Residential Treatment and Comforts Allowance.] To receive assistance while in an alcohol and drug residential treatment facility, clients must be eligible for income assistance or disability assistance.

In addition, clients in the alcohol or drug treatment centre may be eligible to receive:

  • actual shelter costs for the client’s usual place of residence up to the maximum shelter amount for the client’s family unit. [For maximum rates, see Rate Table: Income Assistance or Rate Table: Disability Assistance.]
  • a monthly support allowance for the client’s family unit, equal to the maximum support amount shown in Rate Table: Income Assistance or Rate Table: Disability Assistance minus the comforts allowance provided to the client

[For more information, see Related Link – Support, Shelter and Special Care Facilities.]

The following persons are not eligible for per diem assistance paid to service providers, but may receive assistance up to the appropriate level based on the size of the family unit:

  • clients who reside in facilities not funded by MoH
  • recipients of hardship assistance

[For information on supplements available to recipients in alcohol and drug residential treatment, see Related Links – Supplement for Alcohol and Drug Residential Treatment.]

Procedures 

Effective:  June 30, 2011

The comforts allowance is issued using the system.

The daily user fee is issued using the Statement of Account – Adult Residential Resources (HR150A). [see Forms and Letters]

The monthly user fee is issued using the Statement of Account – Adult Residential Resources (HR 150B). [see Forms and Letters]

The client user fee is set up by having the alcohol and drug residential treatment facility complete the Admittance and Discharge form (HR3319). [see Forms and Letters]

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Question   Is there a limit to the number of months that a client may be eligible for per diem assistance?

Answer   No. As long as a client meets the eligibility criteria for income assistance or disability assistance and resides in an Ministry of Health-funded alcohol and drug residential treatment facility, per diem assistance may be provided.