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Currently, families cannot receive direct funding from the Family-Managed Home Care (FMHC) program unless they have power of attorney or guardianship for their adult loved one with a developmental disability. Because many people living with a developmental disability cannot do a power of attorney, the only recourse their families/caregivers have is to obtain guardianship.
The call from grassroots groups in October 2021 for a first round of letter writing highlighting issues of concern, led to a number of families and supportive groups putting forward letters to the Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. It appears this may have led to a possible exploration around these concerns by the Ministry of Health, but there have been no changes made as of yet, and there are no guarantees. To ensure that the concerns of families and friends continue to be at the forefront – additional letters are needed NOW! A second round of letter writing from an expanded tent is critical for the future in Ontario, and for those individuals and families who are being asked to get guardianship in order to receive Family Managed Home Care. Every month leads to more people with developmental disabilities being stripped of their rights, and lives being changed forever – all for one reason - a ‘support’ program.
There are many families across Ontario who have not wanted to take away human rights from their sons, daughters, sisters, and brothers through guardianship. They know that guardianship does not protect people into the future; it can put their loved ones at more risk! They also know there is another way and that it has been working within other ministries in Ontario.
Please consider sending a letter to the Minister of Health, Christine Elliott to ask for changes that will enable access to Family Managed Home Care for ‘EVERY ELIGIBLE CITIZEN’ in Ontario – and changes that will not discriminate against one particular group.
If you have already written a letter, or even if you haven’t, consider talking to a neighbour, extended family, friends, paid supporters, colleagues, or supportive agency representative. Let them know what is happening and ask them to write a short letter. For those who would like assistance, you might want to help them put a letter together.
Below are a few points to consider and information you can use for sending your letter:
1/ Consider emailing your letter to the following people, as well as your own MPP: Christine Elliott Minister of Health
College Park 5th Flr 777 Bay St,
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
Cc: Dr. Catherine Zahn, Deputy Minister email@example.com
Melanie Fraser, Associate Deputy Minister, Health Services firstname.lastname@example.org
2/ Key points to choose from and/or to include, along with anything you would add yourself: