AISH Benefits Administration Program | How it works - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

AISH Benefits Administration Program | How it works

This free program helps people who get a monthly AISH cheque to budget their money and pay their bills.

What’s important to know

  • This is a voluntary program.
  • If you join, you can cancel anytime.
  • This program helps you manage your AISH money. It doesn’t include money you earn at a job or you get as a gift. You would need to put that money in a separate bank account.
  • There is a similar program for CPP Disability Benefits.
  • If you have questions about this program, please send them to: HS.OPGT-Informal-Trusteeship@gov.ab.ca

If you receive AISH and find it hard to budget your money, the AISH Benefits Administration Program may help.

Show Answer Is this program right for you?

Do you have a hard time:

  • paying your monthly bills?
  • making your money last all month?
  • saying no to friends who want to spend or borrow your money?
  • having enough to eat each month?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the AISH Benefits Administration Program may be right for you.

It’s for people who can make their own decisions about money if they have good support. If you need more help, trusteeship may be worth considering. That’s where someone makes financial decisions for you.

Learn more about trusteeship

Show Answer How does it work?

When you join the program, your monthly AISH cheque is sent to the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) instead of you.

The OPGT deposits your AISH cheque into an account that they set up for you. Your bills are sent to the OPGT and they pay them with your money.

The money in the account is yours and you decide how you want to spend it. You make a budget and the OPGT follows it.

A budget usually includes things like rent, phone and utilities. You can also transfer money to a separate bank account so you have cash to buy groceries and do things you enjoy.

Even if it’s not in your budget, you can take out money for special purchases, as long as you have enough money in your account.

Show Answer Who can join the program?

  • Do you receive AISH?
  • Do you need help budgeting the money you get from AISH?
  • Do you have a worker from one of the groups below?
    • Alberta Health Services (this includes Addictions and Mental Health Services, Supportive Living, etc.)
    • Persons with Developmental Disabilities
    • the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
    • Alberta Brain Injury Network
  • Do you have less than $5,000?
  • Are you less than 65 years old?

If you answered yes to these questions, you can join the program.

Apply for the AISH Benefits Administration Program

Show Answer How long does it take?

It takes about 4 months to do the paperwork and set up your account.

Show Answer Is there a cost?

This is a free program. Unlike a bank, there are no service fees on your account.

You earn interest on your savings at the government rate. If you like, you can get a regular statement of your account activity.

Show Answer How do I apply?

Show Answer Where is my medical services card?

When you join the program, your medical services card is mailed to the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, along with your AISH benefits. They will mail your card to you.

Show Answer What is AISH?

AISH is Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped.

People who qualify for AISH receive:

  • a monthly cheque to help with living expenses
  • health benefits, such as dental care
     
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