On January 1, 1999 The Easter Seal Society started to administer the Incontinence Supplies Grant Program for children and youth with chronic disabilities (physical or developmental) that result in irreversible incontinence or retention problems lasting longer than six months requiring the use of incontinence supplies. This program was previously administered by the Assistive Devices Program (ADP), under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the program is fully funded by the Ministry.
The Easter Seal Society has a contractual agreement with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, in which it must follow Ministry set criteria for the program and meet specific reporting requirements.
The program is for children and youth between the ages of 3 to 18 years with a chronic disability resulting in irreversible incontinence lasting longer than six months. Some children under the age of 3 may be eligible for funding depending on their diagnosis (for example, Spina Bifida, Prune Belly Syndrome). Children who are "bed wetters" are ineligible for funding as they do not meet the criteria set by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
The application must be completed and signed by a medical physician licensed to practice in Ontario. The child must be a resident of Ontario and hold a valid Ontario health card.
There are three levels of funding:
- Level A: $400/year for diapers (age 3 to 5 years), intermittent catheters (3 to 18 years), reusable garments (3 to 18 years)
- Level B: $900/year: diapers (6 to 18 years), male external catheters
- Level C: $200/year; bowel management supplies (3 to 18 years)
The grant is a contribution to the cost of supplies and may not cover all costs. Families receive a cheque every 6 months for half of the approved grant. Families must re-apply if they want to increase grant levels.
Families are responsible for retaining all receipts for the supplies they purchase, as proof of need is required for the grant.