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Thank-you for the SAID announcement

Monday, June 4th, 2012

DISC would like to thank Premiere Wall for the SAID announcement made last Wednesday (May 30th):
(Please search “Details emerge on disabilities funding” if the link does not take you to the noon news from May 30th 2012)

http://regina.ctv.ca/?video=692153

Government of Saskatchewan announcement can be found here:
http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=4e5e75c3-fc94-4ee4-8cf6-d1f5a333e131

Merv Bender, Chair of PIAT can be seen here with June Draude & Premier Wall following the SAID announcement Wednesday:

A very encouraging poster on display:
(text of poster: Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services – Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability – Striving to make Saskatchewan the best place in Canada to live for people with disabilities – http://www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/SAID)

Hon. Premier Brad Wall with the encouraging poster at Wednesdays’s announcement:

Minister of Social Services June Draude with the encouraging poster at Wednesday’s announcement:


PIAT chair, Merv Bender thanks Premier Wall for the SAID announcement on Wednesday:

http://youtu.be/n7gSLsywIV4

Transcript of video below:
http://www.saskdisc.ca/2012/06/transcript-of-youtube-video/

PROGRAM ENHANCEMENTS MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Government of Saskatchewan
News Release May 30, 2012

PROGRAM ENHANCEMENTS MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program is expanding enrolment and increasing benefits for program participants as it moves away from a welfare model toward a Living Income structure that offers more financial independence.

“The SAID program supports our government’s goal to make Saskatchewan the best place in Canada to live for people with disabilities,” Premier Brad Wall said. “To support this objective, we are making substantial investments to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through better benefits, increased enrollment and more independence. This was the biggest financial commitment we made during the election, and we are proud to fulfill that promise today.”

“These enhancements to SAID will make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities in our province,” Program Implementation Advisory Team (PIAT) Chair Merv Bender said. “We are proud to collaborate with the Government of Saskatchewan to help people with disabilities realize the dignity and independence that they deserve.”

In addition to the $50 benefit increase SAID beneficiaries received in January 2012, the government committed to significant benefit increases to SAID over the next four years. Minimum increases beginning in June 2012 are as follows:

  • $40 per month will be provided to those living in residential care settings;
  • $200 per month will be provided to single individuals who live in independent arrangements; and
  • $230 per month will be provided to couples who live in independent arrangements.

This year, clients in independent living arrangements will receive, on average, an increase of $270 per month.

Another important change to SAID is a new benefit structure that combines several allowances available under the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan (SAP) for food, shelter, household items, travel and other person needs into a single Living Income. This change further distinguishes SAID as a non-welfare support. Through its simplified benefit structure and reduced reporting requirements, the Living Income benefit will provide beneficiaries with more choice in their decisions and control over how to spend their money. It will also ensure that people with similar needs are treated more equitably.

The expansion of SAID enrolment is underway with disability impact assessments being conducted by a third-party, the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. Currently, SAP recipients who have a disability and who are living independently are being assessed for eligibility for SAID. These assessments began in January 2012 and are still taking place across the province.

The SAID program was introduced in October 2009 in collaboration with members of the disability community with the goal of providing a dignified income support program for persons with significant and enduring disabilities separate from SAP. This collaboration will continue on the further development of SAID.

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For more information, contact:

Andrew Dinsmore
Social Services
Regina
Phone: 306-787-8689
Email: andrew.dinsmore@gov.sk.ca

http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=4e5e75c3-fc94-4ee4-8cf6-d1f5a333e131

 

Upcoming SAID Open House – Saskatoon

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Please take note of the upcoming open house to help people fill out their SAID applications and assessments:

SASKATOON:

from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at

AIDS Saskatoon
1143 Ave F N
(Ave F and 33rd St)

 

DISC would like to thank it’s community partners for their support and time in planning and helping at these open houses. They are a huge help to people throughout the community in getting their SAID application/assessments filled out.

If you can’t attend this sessions the following organizations will be more than happy to assist you with your application and assessment:

Organizations that will provide support to individuals who are applying for SAID (For a printable list click here)

People may need to leave their contact information with an organization for call-backs.

Canadian Paraplegic
Regina 1-306-584-0101 or 1-877-582-4483
Saskatoon 1-306-652-9644 or 1-888-282-0186

CMHA Sask. Division Office
Regina 1-306-525-5601
CMHA Battlefords Branch 1-306-446-7177
CMHA Kindersley Branch 1-306-463-8052
CMHA Moose Jaw Branch  1-306-692-4240
CMHA Regina Branch 1-306-525-9543
CMHA Saskatoon Branch 1-306-384-9333
CMHA Swift Current Branch 1-306-778-2440
CMHA Weyburn Branch 1-306-842-7959  

Equal Justice for All (Saskatoon)
1-306-653-6260 or 1-306-380-6261

FASD Support Network of Saskatchewan Inc.
1-866-673-3276 

Gary Tinker Federation (La Ronge)
1-1-306-425-4374

Neil Squire Society

Regina1-306-781-6023
Saskatoon 1-306-374-6191 (leave call back information)
La Ronge 1-306-425-6612 (through Gary Tinker Federation)

North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (Saskatoon) 1-306-665-5508 

Prince Albert and District Community Service Centre1-306-953-4461

Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry 1-306-352-6386

Regina Community Clinic (FASD) 1-306-543-7880 Ext. 268 

Saskatchewan Association for Community Living:
Saskatoon 1-306-955-3344
Regina 1-306-790-5684
Prince Albert 1-306-763-5604
Northern Saskatchewan 1-306-763-5605 or 1-855-275-7225 (Will accept collect calls)

Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Saskatoon 1-306-665-6575
Regina  1-306-352-3323 or  1-800-667-6575

Saskatchewan Voice of People with Disabilities
Regina 1-306-569-3111
Other locations 1-877-569-3111

Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition / Saskatoon Housing Coalition 1-306-655-4983

Saskatoon Equal Justice for All 1-306-653-6260 or 1-306-380-6261

Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan (Regina)
1-306-584-2620 or 1-877-584-2620

South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (Regina) 1-306-757-7452

Upcoming SAID Open House – Saskatoon

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Please take note of the upcoming open house to help people fill out their SAID applications and assessments:

SASKATOON:
Monday, May 7
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
White Buffalo Lodge
602 – 20 Street West

The poster for this Open House can be viewed HERE:
http://www.saskdisc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/SAID-Open-House-Poster-May7-Saskatoon.pdf

(Text of poster is as follows:
There will be an
OPEN HOUSE
To help you fill out forms to apply for
SASKATCHEWAN ASSURED INCOME FOR DISABILITY
(SAID)
Monday May 7, 2012
10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
at White Buffalo Youth Lodge
602 – 20th Street West Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
SAID is a new income support program
for people who have the kind of disabilities that keep them from working.
Every person in Saskatchewan
who is receiving the Disability Allowance on Social Assistance
can apply to be in the SAID Program.
SAID is voluntary. It is up to you to decide if you want to apply for SAID.
It is free to apply for the SAID program.
SAID gives people with long term disabilities
more money and better benefits than the Social Assistance Program (SAP).
This Open House is a chance for you to receive help
filling out the forms to apply for the SAID Program.)

 

DISC would like to thank it’s community partners for their support and time in planning and helping at these open houses. They are a huge help to people throughout the community in getting their SAID application/assessments filled out.

If you can’t attend this sessions the following organizations will be more than happy to assist you with your application and assessment:

Organizations that will provide support to individuals who are applying for SAID (For a printable list click here)

People may need to leave their contact information with an organization for call-backs.

Canadian Paraplegic
Regina 1-306-584-0101 or 1-877-582-4483
Saskatoon 1-306-652-9644 or 1-888-282-0186

CMHA Sask. Division Office
Regina 1-306-525-5601
CMHA Battlefords Branch 1-306-446-7177
CMHA Kindersley Branch 1-306-463-8052
CMHA Moose Jaw Branch  1-306-692-4240
CMHA Regina Branch 1-306-525-9543
CMHA Saskatoon Branch 1-306-384-9333
CMHA Swift Current Branch 1-306-778-2440
CMHA Weyburn Branch 1-306-842-7959  

Equal Justice for All (Saskatoon)
1-306-653-6260 or 1-306-380-6261

FASD Support Network of Saskatchewan Inc.
1-866-673-3276 

Gary Tinker Federation (La Ronge)
1-1-306-425-4374

Neil Squire Society

Regina1-306-781-6023
Saskatoon 1-306-374-6191 (leave call back information)
La Ronge 1-306-425-6612 (through Gary Tinker Federation)

North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (Saskatoon) 1-306-665-5508 

Prince Albert and District Community Service Centre1-306-953-4461

Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry 1-306-352-6386

Regina Community Clinic (FASD) 1-306-543-7880 Ext. 268 

Saskatchewan Association for Community Living:
Saskatoon 1-306-955-3344
Regina 1-306-790-5684
Prince Albert 1-306-763-5604
Northern Saskatchewan 1-306-763-5605 or 1-855-275-7225 (Will accept collect calls)

Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Saskatoon 1-306-665-6575
Regina  1-306-352-3323 or  1-800-667-6575

Saskatchewan Voice of People with Disabilities
Regina 1-306-569-3111
Other locations 1-877-569-3111

Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition / Saskatoon Housing Coalition 1-306-655-4983

Saskatoon Equal Justice for All 1-306-653-6260 or 1-306-380-6261

Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan (Regina)
1-306-584-2620 or 1-877-584-2620

South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (Regina) 1-306-757-7452

Upcoming SAID Open House – Regina

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Please take note of the upcoming open house to help people fill out their SAID applications and assessments:

REGINA:

Monday April 30th 5pm-9pm
Knox Metropolitan United Church
2340 Victoria Ave, Regina
Please use the Victoria Avenue Doors (glass doors with buzzer system on east wall)

 

DISC would like to thank it’s community partners for their support and time in planning and helping at these open houses. They are a huge help to people throughout the community in getting their SAID application/assessments filled out.

If you can’t attend this sessions the following organizations will be more than happy to assist you with your application and assessment:

Organizations that will provide support to individuals who are applying for SAID (For a printable list click here)

People may need to leave their contact information with an organization for call-backs.

Canadian Paraplegic
Regina 1-306-584-0101 or 1-877-582-4483
Saskatoon 1-306-652-9644 or 1-888-282-0186

CMHA Sask. Division Office
Regina 1-306-525-5601
CMHA Battlefords Branch 1-306-446-7177
CMHA Kindersley Branch 1-306-463-8052
CMHA Moose Jaw Branch  1-306-692-4240
CMHA Regina Branch 1-306-525-9543
CMHA Saskatoon Branch 1-306-384-9333
CMHA Swift Current Branch 1-306-778-2440
CMHA Weyburn Branch 1-306-842-7959  

Equal Justice for All (Saskatoon)
1-306-653-6260 or 1-306-380-6261

FASD Support Network of Saskatchewan Inc.
1-866-673-3276 

Gary Tinker Federation (La Ronge)
1-1-306-425-4374

Neil Squire Society

Regina1-306-781-6023
Saskatoon 1-306-374-6191 (leave call back information)
La Ronge 1-306-425-6612 (through Gary Tinker Federation)

North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (Saskatoon) 1-306-665-5508 

Prince Albert and District Community Service Centre1-306-953-4461

Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry 1-306-352-6386

Regina Community Clinic (FASD) 1-306-543-7880 Ext. 268 

Saskatchewan Association for Community Living:
Saskatoon 1-306-955-3344
Regina 1-306-790-5684
Prince Albert 1-306-763-5604
Northern Saskatchewan 1-306-763-5605 or 1-855-275-7225 (Will accept collect calls)

Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Saskatoon 1-306-665-6575
Regina  1-306-352-3323 or  1-800-667-6575

Saskatchewan Voice of People with Disabilities
Regina 1-306-569-3111
Other locations 1-877-569-3111

Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition / Saskatoon Housing Coalition 1-306-655-4983

Saskatoon Equal Justice for All 1-306-653-6260 or 1-306-380-6261

Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan (Regina)
1-306-584-2620 or 1-877-584-2620

South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (Regina) 1-306-757-7452

DISC – SAID Brochure

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

While you await our next open house announcement enjoy our snazzy DISC – SAID Brochure HERE:

http://www.saskdisc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/DISC-SAID-Brochure_bp.pdf

SAID Application Reminder

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Government of Saskatchewan – News Release – March 30, 2012

SAID APPLICATION REMINDER

The Government of Saskatchewan has committed to expanded enrolment and substantial increases to the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) benefit. In addition to the $50 increase in January 2012, there will be increases of $100 per month over four years for those living in residential care, $350 per month over four years for those in independent living arrangements, and $400 per month over four years for couples with disabilities who are living independently.

Between March 12 and 30, 12,000 application and assessment packages were mailed out across the province in order to help expand the SAID program and increase enrolment from the current caseload of 3,500 people. These assessments are underway with enrolment and new benefits scheduled to begin June 2012.

All individuals currently receiving a disability benefit through the Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP) are reminded to complete and return their application and disability impact assessment packages as soon as possible to determine if they are eligible for the SAID program.

“The SAID program expansion is one way that this government is helping to make Saskatchewan the best place in Canada to live for people with disabilities,” Social Services Minister June Draude said. “In order to ensure we include as many qualified people as possible in the enhanced program, it is vital that these assessment packages are completed.”

Drop-in sessions for people who want help filling out their SAID application and assessment forms will be held in Regina and Saskatoon over the next couple of weeks. All persons who have received a SAID application package are welcome to attend these sessions. For more information, please call the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living at 306-955-3344.

In Regina
Wednesday April 4, 2012 8 AM – 4 PM
Canadian National Institute for the Blind Auditorium
2550 Broad Street, Regina

In Saskatoon
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from Noon until 4 p.m.
AUTISM SERVICES
609 25th Street East, Saskatoon

Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Crocus Co-op
135 Avenue B South, Saskatoon

For any additional questions about the application and/or assessment process, please contact the Saskatchewan Abilities Council at 1-855-567-7243. For additional questions about the SAID program or specific client issues, please contact the Ministry of Social Services’ SAID inquiry line at 1-888-567-7243.

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For more information, contact:

Andrew Dinsmore
Social Services
Regina
Phone: 306-787-8689
Email: andrew.dinsmore@gov.sk.ca

http://gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=aa582dfd-e6ca-4464-88f5-c37fbe925f32

Upcoming SAID Open Houses (Regina, Saskatoon & Moose Jaw)

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Please take note of the upcoming open houses to help people fill out their SAID applications and assessments:

REGINA:

Wednesday April 4, 2012 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
CNIB Auditorium 2550 Broad Street

 

MOOSE JAW:

Monday April 2, 2012 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
SSILC Moose Jaw 637 Main Street North

 

SASKATOON: (POSTER HERE)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from Noon until 4:00 p.m.
AUTISM SERVICES 609 25th Street East, Saskatoon
(beside the Parktown Hotel by the University Bridge)

Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Crocus Co-op – 135 Avenue B South, Saskatoon
(at Avenue B and 21st Street East – a block from the Food Bank)

 

DISC would like to thank it’s community partners for their support and time in planning and helping at these open houses. They are a huge help to people throughout the community in getting their SAID application/assessments filled out.

 

If you can’t attend these sessions the following organizations will be more than happy to assist you with your application and assessment:

Organizations that will provide support to individuals who are applying for SAID (For a printable list click here)

People may need to leave their contact information with an organization for call-backs.

Canadian Paraplegic
Regina 1-306-584-0101 or 1-877-582-4483
Saskatoon 1-306-652-9644 or 1-888-282-0186

CMHA Sask. Division Office
Regina 1-306-525-5601
CMHA Battlefords Branch 1-306-446-7177
CMHA Kindersley Branch 1-306-463-8052
CMHA Moose Jaw Branch  1-306-692-4240
CMHA Regina Branch 1-306-525-9543
CMHA Saskatoon Branch 1-306-384-9333
CMHA Swift Current Branch 1-306-778-2440
CMHA Weyburn Branch 1-306-842-7959  

Equal Justice for All (Saskatoon)
1-306-653-6260 or 1-306-380-6261

FASD Support Network of Saskatchewan Inc.
1-866-673-3276 

Gary Tinker Federation (La Ronge)
1-1-306-425-4374

Neil Squire Society

Regina1-306-781-6023
Saskatoon 1-306-374-6191 (leave call back information)
La Ronge 1-306-425-6612 (through Gary Tinker Federation)

North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (Saskatoon) 1-306-665-5508 

Prince Albert and District Community Service Centre1-306-953-4461

Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry 1-306-352-6386

Regina Community Clinic (FASD) 1-306-543-7880 Ext. 268 

Saskatchewan Association for Community Living:
Saskatoon 1-306-955-3344
Regina 1-306-790-5684
Prince Albert 1-306-763-5604
Northern Saskatchewan 1-306-763-5605 or 1-855-275-7225 (Will accept collect calls)

Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Saskatoon 1-306-665-6575
Regina  1-306-352-3323 or  1-800-667-6575

Saskatchewan Voice of People with Disabilities
Regina 1-306-569-3111
Other locations 1-877-569-3111

Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition / Saskatoon Housing Coalition 1-306-655-4983

Saskatoon Equal Justice for All 1-306-653-6260 or 1-306-380-6261

Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan (Regina)
1-306-584-2620 or 1-877-584-2620

South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (Regina) 1-306-757-7452

Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) Update

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) Update

March 20, 2012

  • Beginning June 2012, SAID will be expanded to include people who are living independently. Individuals currently receiving a disability benefit through the Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP) are being invited to apply for SAID.  Application and disability impact assessment packages are being mailed through the month of March. Applications and returned will be reviewed to determine whether the applicant is eligible for SAID.

 

  • The staggered mail-out started the week of March 12th. All application packages will be mailed by the end of March.

Date

# Packages

Locations

March 12-16

2000

Regina, Saskatoon,

South east areas of SK

March 19-23

4                             4000

Regina, Saskatoon, Kindersley, Rosetown, South west areas of SK

March 26-30

6000

Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Meadow Lake, North of Prince Albert

 

  • The Ministry has worked in collaboration with the disability community on the development of the SAID. The list of Community-based Organizations (CBOs) that have volunteered to assist applicants with their applications was included in the application package. The Ministry thanks those CBOs that have taken on this task and would like to encourage all CBOs, where possible, to provide assistance to individuals your agency provides service to who may require assistance to complete their SAID application.

 

  • One component of the SAID application is the Reference Person form. This form is used to validate the significant and enduring nature of an applicant’s disability (provide some rigour to the application process).  This form provides the Ministry with a contact who can provide additional information about the impact of the applicant’s disability impact, if needed.

 

For many applicants, their first instinct will be to seek a reference from their physician. This may be appropriate for some applicants; however, a medical reference is not required.  A number of options are suggested to applicants on the Reference Person form.  Conversely, it is recognized that some applicants have very few supports and/or professional relationships. Please support applicants to come up with someone who can serve as a reference outside of their immediate circle of friends and/or family; use of family members as the reference person is discouraged.

 

  • Please refer to the attached fact sheet for answers to additional questions you may have (e.g., application process for people who are not currently receiving benefits through the Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP), details about the new SAID benefit).

 

  • If you have additional questions about the application and/or assessment process, please contact the Saskatchewan Abilities Council: 1-855-567-7243, who have been contracted to assist the Ministry with the expanded SAID enrolment.

 

  • If you have additional questions about the SAID program or specific client issues, please contact (or encourage the applicant to contact) the Ministry’s SAID inquiry line: 1-888-567-7243.

New SAID Fact Sheet is available for download HERE

Need help filling out your SAID application & assessment form?

Monday, March 26th, 2012

<updated March 26, 2012>

12,000 applications will be going out province-wide before April 2012! Get yours filled out and returned ASAP!!!

Drop-in sessions for people who want help filling out their SAID application and assessment forms will be held in Regina on
Wednesday March 28, 2012 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday April 4, 2012 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Both times will be at
CNIB Auditorium
2550 Broad Street

 

(stay tuned for information on sessions in Saskatoon)

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