Does eligibility automatically mean access to Passport funding?

Once an individual is eligibility for adult developmental services, they will automatically be approved for $5,000 annually in direct funding through the Passport program.

If you require additional ministry-funded services and supports, you are encouraged to complete the application package at your local Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) office. Once your needs have been fully assessed by your local DSO, additional funding may be provided as it becomes available.

Once an individual's eligibility for additional Passport funding is confirmed, they are placed on the Service Registry for additional Passport funding. Passport Agencies maintain the list of people who are waiting to receive additional Passport funding.

People should let the DSO know if there are any changes to their circumstances so that they can be reassessed and prioritized based on the most up to date information available.


How are applicants prioritized for more Passport funding?

Prioritization for additional Passport funding is determined through a consistent and objective process used across the province, giving the highest priority to people whose circumstances place them most at risk based on five key areas: current living situation, behavioural support needs, medical and personal support needs, as well as the circumstances of the caregiver. These are detailed in the chart below.

The list of prioritized individuals is maintained by Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) offices and DSOs provide this list to Passport agencies to distribute additional Passport funding whenever funds become available.

The prioritization process uses an automated tool based on an algorithm which draws on the information an adult applicant or their family provides to a DSO when applying for ministry-funded developmental services and supports.

It looks at each applicant and their particular situation to assess their level of risk in relation to other applicants across the province. As well the process includes an opportunity, in exceptional situations, for review of an applicant's priority, to ensure their score reflects situations in which the individual is experiencing high levels of risk.

An applicant's priority is based solely on the information provided to the DSO.


How is an individual's Passport funding amount determined?

People confirmed as eligible for adult developmental services are automatically approved to receive $5,000 annually in direct funding through the Passport program.

However, you may still be eligible for additional ministry-funding.

Like prioritization, funding amounts are based, in part, on the information that a person or family provides during the application process. This process considers the type and amount of service they need and what kind of support(s) they and their family are already receiving.

Each person's score is matched against a funding table that identifies the amount of Passport funding a person is eligible to receive. This is intended to ensure funding decisions are consistent and fair across the province.



If you have questions about Passport, please contact your local Passport agency.


Determining Priority for Service: Areas of assessment

A provincially-consistent prioritization tool considers data in an applicant's information to assess their level of risk based on five key areas: current living situation, behavioural support needs, medical and personal support needs, as well as the circumstances of the caregiver.

The system produces a numerical score that summarizes a person's level of risk. Higher scores indicate a higher level of risk.

A person's risk-based priority is considered against all other people waiting for funding. This method allows the DSO to identify people who are at the highest risk and prioritize them for services and supports.

Here is a sample of the information the system analyzes to determine a family's priority score for Passport:

Support Needs Considerations in Determining Priority

Current Living Situation
Consideration of an individual experiencing a precarious living situation

Is the individual: currently housed in an inappropriate setting; homeless with no unpaid primary caregiver available; or needing to leave their current living arrangement immediately?

Support to prevent certain behaviours, including those that pose harm to the individual or others

  • Does this person require support to prevent:
    • aggressive behaviour
    • property destruction
    • sexual aggression
    • self-injury
    • substance abuse

Assistance managing medical conditions.

  • Does this person require respiratory-care supports?
  • Does this person need help with:
    • feeding
    • turning or positioning
    • dialysis
    • ostomy care
    • lifts or transfers
    • bowel care
    • a catheter
    • glucometer testing
  • Is the person susceptible to infectious disease or seizures?

Support at home and in the community

  • Does this person require protection from exploitation, abuse, sexual abuse and neglect?
  • Do they require support with their overall health and safety?
  • Do they need help managing money and their personal finances?

Caregiving (unpaid, primary, caregiver)
Support for a caregiver, based on their health and personal circumstances

  • Does the unpaid primary caregiver have a medical, physical or mental health condition that impacts their ability to provide care to the person needing support?
  • Does the unpaid primary caregiver also provide care for another person in the family?

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The Developmental Services application package consists of the following two components:

  1. Application for Developmental Services and Supports (ADSS)

    The Application for Developmental Services and Supports (ADSS) gathers personal information about an individual with a developmental disability and their family members and/or others who provide primary care.

    This part of the application process helps assessors get to know an individual better. It focuses on an individuals past, present and future and helps to identify needs and wants.

    Some of the key pieces of information collected through the ADSS include: information on services currently provided, service requests, and family caregiver needs. The ADSS provides context for the supports needs measured by the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS).

  2. Supports Intensity Scale (SIS)

    The Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) is a standardized assessment tool published by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) designed to measure the level of support an individual may require to fully participate and be successful in a variety of areas.
    SIS focuses on the needs of the person and measures the supports a person needs in order to complete life activities they want to do. It measures support needs in the areas of home living, community living, lifelong learning, employment, health and safety, social activities and protection and advocacy as well as behavioural and medical areas.