The government of Alberta is committing an extra $240 million over the course of three years to enhance accessibility to crucial resources for residents of Alberta who have developmental disabilities.
Nearly 12,900 people are supported by the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program, which provides them with access to disability support services like home living assistance for daily tasks, respite care, community access assistance, education and employment assistance, and specialized support for extra needs resulting from mental health and behavioural issues. The program will get more than $1.1 billion in funding overall in Budget 2023.
Increased investments through Budget 2023 will help increase access to the Persons with Developmental Disabilities program to reduce the waitlist, enabling more Albertans to get the help they need.
In order to live as independently as possible in their communities, eligible persons with developmental disabilities can plan, organize, and receive resources with the support of the PDD program.
“In Alberta, we are committed to ensuring that those living with disabilities, young and old, can get the care they need. Our investments into the disability sector will make life better for those living with disabilities and their families with easier access to programs and support," explained Jeremy Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services.
This additional funding will support about 500 individuals currently on the waitlist, as well as any new applicants entering the program this year.
The Albertans who have been waiting for the longest will be connected to services first in order to ensure fairness and to get people connected to support as quickly as feasible.
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