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:  January 1, 2020

Recipients of income assistance, disability assistance and hardship assistance, and who are residents of alcohol and drug residential treatment facilities licensed or registered by the Ministry of Health (MoH) may be eligible for the standard user fee and a comforts allowance. [For maximum rates, see Rate Table: Room and Board, Special Care Facility & Allowances.] 

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 Tables -  Income Assistance, Disability Assistance or Hardship Assistance.]
  • a monthly support allowance for the client’s family unit, equal to the maximum support amount shown in Rate Tables -  Income Assistance, Disability Assistance or Hardship Assistance minus the comforts allowance provided to the client

[For more information, see Related Links – Support, Shelter & 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 licensed or registered by MoH

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

Procedures 

Effective:  December 9, 2019

The comforts allowance is issued using the system.

The daily user charge is issued using the Facility/Residence Invoice - Daily User Rate (HR0150A) [see Forms and Letters].

The monthly user charge is issued using the Facility/Residence Invoice - Monthly User Rate (HR0150B) [see Forms and Letters].

The client user charge 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, disability assistance or hardship assistance and resides in a Ministry of Health-funded alcohol and drug residential treatment facility, per diem assistance may be provided.