AISH Program Policy

Published Date: March 01, 2014
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Eligibility

Temporary Admission to Institutions

AUTHORITY

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped Act, section 3(3)(c)
Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped General Regulation, section 1(1)(b), 4(2), (5) and section (6)

INTENT

To ensure a continuation of AISH benefits for clients who are temporarily admitted to an institution.

POLICY

Clients temporarily admitted to an institution may continue to receive AISH benefits for up to three months. This excludes clients entering correctional institutions, penitentiaries, or community residential facilities (halfway houses).

A modified living allowance may be provided when a client is admitted to an institution from a facility and the operator is holding the bed.

AISH benefits may continue to be provided up to an additional three months when a client:

  • Is admitted to an institution and is maintaining a residence in the community; or
  • Has a discharge plan in place for release within the extension period.

Clients residing in an institution after three or six months become ineligible for AISH until they are no longer in the institution.

Correctional Institutions, Penitentiaries and Community Residential Facilities

Clients admitted to correctional institutions, penitentiaries, or community residential facilities (halfway houses) are not eligible for AISH.

Exception:
AISH benefits may continue if a client is admitted to an Alberta Justice forensic assessment unit for a thirty-day assessment or is incarcerated for less than one month.

Re-establishing a Residence in the Community

AISH clients recently discharged from an institution may be eligible for the Establishing a New Residence benefit to help re-establish themselves in the community. This benefit is not available to clients who continued to receive AISH benefits while residing in the institution.