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AISH Program Policy

Published Date: March 01, 2014
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Benefits

Personal Benefits

AUTHORITY

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped Act, section 3
Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped General Regulation, sections 2 and 8; Schedule 3

INTENT

To describe what is normally provided to clients through personal benefits.

POLICY

AISH provides personal benefits to assist clients with specific one-time or ongoing expenses over and above the monthly living allowance or modified living allowance. Personal benefits may also be provided to clients to help offset costs associated with their dependent children.

To be eligible to receive a personal benefit, the following criteria must be met:

  • Assets of the client and their cohabiting partner, not including exempt assets, must not exceed $3,000;
    • If the client is in a situation of financial hardship, a personal benefit may be approved when a client and their cohabiting partner have assets over $3,000;
  • The client must demonstrate a need for the benefit; and
  • The same or similar benefit must not be available from any other program or source.

Normally, the benefit will be issued at the end of the month for the following month. Personal benefits may be issued through a third party.

Personal benefits cannot be used to supplement (or “top-up”) benefits provided by other programs.

Clients may remain eligible for personal benefits while receiving treatment in a hospital or if they are temporarily admitted to an institution and continue to receive a living allowance or modified living allowance. Eligibility for individual personal benefits may be reviewed based on the change in circumstances.

For further information see Temporary Admission to an Institution.

Rates for personal benefits are not appealable.

Benefits issued subject to repayment

Personal benefits may be issued subject to repayment in certain circumstances. In these cases, clients must agree to repay the benefit before it is issued by signing a repayment agreement.

A repayment agreement may be required in the following situations:

  • When a benefit has already been issued and is being requested multiple times;
  • When it is a benefit that is not normally provided; and
  • In cases of neglect or abuse of a previous benefit.
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