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Follow these steps to apply for the AISH Benefits Administration Program.

What’s important to know

  • This is a voluntary program.
  • If you join, you can cancel anytime.

 

Show Answer Step 1: Talk with your service provider

To join the program, you must be receiving services from one of these groups:

  • Alberta Health Services (this includes Addictions and Mental Health Services, Supportive Living, etc.)
  • Persons with Developmental Disabilities
  • Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
  • Alberta Brain Injury Network

The person you work with there is called your service provider. They could be, for example, your social worker or mental health worker.

Talk with them about the AISH Benefits Administration Program. They’ll show you how to apply.

Show Answer Step 2: Choose someone you trust to help you make money decisions

Choose someone to be your Primary Contact Person (also called your PCP).

It should be someone you trust to help you make good decisions about money for as long as you are in the program.

It could be your social worker, a friend, a family member, a group home staff member, etc.

Your PCP:

  • helps you make a budget for the program
  • deals directly with the government departments that run the program

For example, if you wanted to change your budget or take out extra money for something special, you and your PCP would sign the budget form and submit it to the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee.

If your PCP is not always available when you need them, choose a second person to help. This person is called your Alternate Contact Person.

Show Answer Step 3: Sign the trust agreement

When you apply for the program, you and your PCP meet with your service provider and sign a trust agreement. It’s a legal document that makes sure everyone knows what they are supposed to do.

Your service provider will give you the form. This is what a trust agreement looks like.

Show Answer Step 4: Make a budget

With the help of your PCP, you make a budget. It tells the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee which bills need to be paid each month and who the money goes to.

This is an example of a budget (PDF, 294.6 KB)

Find the forms you need and learn how to make a budget

Show Answer Step 5: After you apply

It can take up to four months to process your application and open a trust account for you.

Show Answer What if you want to leave the program?

If you don’t want to continue, fill out the form below.

Termination form (PDF, 59.9 KB)

Ask your PCP to submit it to your AISH worker or the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee in Edmonton.

The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee will close your trust account. If you have savings, they’ll be returned to you.

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Modified: 2015-10-01
PID: 18097

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