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What is SPD?
The Department of Community Services also offers a collection of programs that are generally referred to as Services for Persons with Disabilities (SPD).
As of June 2012 there is a general SPD policy governing the programs offered under SPD. It can be found here: http://novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities/SPDProgramPolicy.html
This policy covers all of the eligibility criteria for SPD programs, amounts for special needs, etc...
A complete list of all the programs offered under the umbrella of SPD can be found here:
The SPD program is governed by the Social Assistance Act.
The programs are offered to Nova Scotians with various mental, intellectual and physical disabilities.
They focus primarily on providing residential options for people with disabilities (i.e. Residential Care Facilities, Small Option Homes and Group Homes), offering support to families caring for persons with disabilities (i.e. respite care) and providing minimal assistance with activities of daily living for people living at home.
Depending on their living situation SPD participants may be in receipt of a personal and shelter allowance from IA. SPD participants are also eligible for special needs. Despite the legislative authority for SPD being found in the Social Assistance Act, appeals of SPD decisions are governed by the ESIA and the Assistance Appeal Regulations.
Accordingly the appeal process for an SPD participant will be the same as that for an IA recipient.
Differences between Income Assistance and SPD
SPD Basic and Special Needs Policy 9.0, 7.4 & 7.4.2; SPD Financial Eligibility Policy 5.5.4.
In general, SPD policies are reflective of what we have already covered regarding ESIA. Some key differences to be aware of are as follows: