It felt really good to sit at the kitchen table, Saskatchewan style, with another mom, Lynn, to announce the expansion of the self directed funding model for people with intellectual disabilities. Her son Danny's experience with having the dignity to choose and control his own daily life has been life changing for him and his family.
We need to ensure that individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities are valued, supported and included, and have opportunities and choices in all aspects of life. In the coming year, our government will implement a self-directed funding (SDF) model for individuals who experience intellectual disabilities to give them greater choice over their life decisions.
Currently, funding to clients goes through community-based organizations, but under SDF, we are providing a second option whereby funds go directly to the individual which allows them and their support team to decide which supports and services they access depending on their own unique needs and aspirations.
SDF aligns with the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by providing more effective supports and services, as well as a greater sense of dignity in gaining more independence. The model will be implemented province-wide beginning April 1, 2017. Interested individuals and families can talk to their Community Living Service Delivery worker for more information.