Application Process

Intent

To describe the application process for PDD-funded services.

Policy

Individuals who have not previously received PDD-funded services must apply to the PDD program. Individuals who have previously received PDD-funded services and have already been determined eligible for the program will not be required to re-apply.

PDD regional staff will assist Individuals with the application process and provide them with information on other Government of Alberta programs and services for which they may be eligible.

Ensuring smooth transitions for Individuals who are receiving supports as a child and who may be eligible for PDD-funded services is a priority for the program. PDD regional staff can assist in the planning of services prior to the Individual’s 18th birthday.

How to Apply for PDD-Funded Services

The application process involves two steps: (1) Registration and (2) Eligibility Determination:

1. Registration

The first step in the application process is for the Individual to register for the PDD program.

The Registration form is available online or by contacting the nearest PDD regional office. You can also call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1‑877‑644‑9992 or 780‑644‑9992.

There are several ways to register for the PDD program:

  • Contact the regional office and ask to register in-person or over the phone, or have them mail out the registration form; or
  • Complete and submit the registration form online; or
  • Print the registration form and mail, fax or deliver the completed form to the regional office.

As indicated on the Registration form, the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act offers a variety of options to support adult Albertans who need assistance making personal decisions. These options include: Supported Decision-Making, Guardianship. For those areas where there is no supported decision-maker, co-decision-maker or court appointed guardian, the Individual must be the one to authorize their services.

Individuals can contact PDD regional staff for assistance with completing the Registration form and for information on where to mail/fax the form.

2. Eligibility Determination

In the second step of the application process, PDD regional staff determine the Individual’s eligibility for PDD-funded services.

PDD regional staff will review the completed registration form and then telephone the Individual and/or their supporter, co-decision maker or guardian to confirm the Individual’s intention to apply for PDD-funded services. If this is confirmed, staff will schedule an in-person meeting with the Individual and/or their supporter, co-decision maker or guardian and request that they provide the following documentation:

  • If applicable, a copy of the Supported Decision-Making Authorization form, Co-Decision-Making Order, or Guardianship Order.
  • Documentation to confirm the Individual’s age and citizenship (e.g. Birth Certificate, Record of Birth, Permanent Resident or Citizenship Card, Record of Landing, Passport).
  • A formal psychological assessment or other documentation indicating that the Individual has a significant limitation in intellectual capacity.
  • Other relevant documentation may also be requested (e.g. information from Family Supports for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) if the Individual was receiving supports from this program).

During the in-person meeting with the Individual and/or their supporter, co-decision maker or guardian, PDD regional staff will view the documentation provided by the Individual, and may arrange for the Individual to complete the Adaptive Skills Inventory. PDD regional staff will also provide information on other Government of Alberta programs and services for which the Individual may be eligible (e.g. Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program).

After the in-person meeting, PDD regional staff will review the documentation provided by the Individual and send a letter to the Individual and/or their supporter, co-decision maker or guardian, indicating whether the Individual is eligible or ineligible for the PDD program. Letters to Individuals who are ineligible for the PDD program will contain information on how to appeal.

Eligible

Once the Individual is determined to be eligible for the PDD program, PDD regional staff will contact the Individual and/or their supporter, co-decision maker or guardian to schedule a time to begin the planning process.

Not Eligible

If the Individual is not eligible for the PDD program, PDD regional staff will meet with the Individual and/or their supporter, co-decision maker or guardian to explain why the Individual is not eligible, including reviewing the eligibility criteria and identifying which criteria were not met. Based on their knowledge of the Individual’s needs, PDD regional staff will also provide any additional information on Government of Alberta programs and services for which the Individual may be eligible and provide information on community based resources that the Individual may be able to access for support. The Individual and/or their supporter, co-decision maker or guardian will also be verbally informed of their right to appeal at this time.

Coordination between the PDD Program and the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) Program

A coordinated application process exists between the PDD and AISH programs. The coordinated intake process streamlines the application process as applicants only have to provide their medical documentation once.

Legislative Authority

Created: 2013-08-16
Modified: 2016-06-08
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