Quick Guide to PDD
Employment supports and community living supports help individuals live as independently as possible in their home (e.g. a staff person to help with meal planning and housekeeping) have the most significant impact and the most positive outcomes for individuals.
Community Access funding is being re-allocated to support the increased focus on employment for people with disabilities. Approximately $54 million remains in place to support programs and activities that encourage community involvement for people who do not have employment as a goal. In some areas, PDD will work with service providers to shift their programs to an employment focus to meet the needs of people being served in the region.
A new employers’ council and support from Alberta Works will help people with disabilities to overcome employment barriers and improve employment opportunities and supports for persons with disabilities. People will be supported to work as much as they are able and as much as they want to in order to meet their individual goals. The intent is not that everyone is working 40 hours a week, but that people are participating in meaningful employment-related activities and enjoying the personal pride and social opportunities that working provides. About 18% of people supported through PDD are employed in some fashion. Meaningful employment increases a person’s sense of independence and self-worth, and helps them enjoy a full and rewarding life as a part of their community. About 60% of PDD-funded individuals have been assessed as having low needs. That means most of these people are probably employable to a certain degree. Many individuals who receive support from PDD have indicated that employment is one of their goals.
PDD will be using the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) to provide a fair and consistent way to assess needs. SIS measures the pattern and intensity of help an adult with developmental disabilities needs to succeed at various tasks and be as independent as possible. Information provided in interviews with individuals and their supporters is used to determine where a person fits on a scale that ranges from low support needs to a need for extraordinary behavioural supports. In addition, PDD evaluates other factors to determine an individual’s funding levels, including:geographic location; the individual’s unique support plan, which includes their dreams and goals, and the extent of a person’s natural support network of family, friends and community.PDD funding decisions can be appealed.
Before SIS, PDD did not have a consistent way to assess needs or determine the amount of funding required to meet those needs. As a result, there is an extremely wide range of funding levels for people who have similar needs. We need to make sure funding is fair and consistent, and that people receive the supports they need. The overall 2013-14 PDD program budget is $674 million. In order to sustain the PDD program and enable it to serve even more people, it is important that PDD spending is based on need and producing good outcomes. By using a service planning approach that focuses on quality outcomes and the person’s needs and goals, PDD will be able to simplify its contracts with agencies, streamline its administration and put the focus back on the people needing support.
Who can get help from PDD?
To be eligible for PDD, a person must be an adult (18 or older) and meet these three criteria:
- The individual must have a "significant limitation in intellectual capacity." This means an IQ score of 70 or below.
- The individual must have a "significant limitation in adaptive skills." This means the individual needs help with daily living activities like making food. PDD measures this by checking whether the person needs help with six or more out of 24 typical skills.
- The individual must have had both of these two limitations before he or she turned 18.
For more detailed information about these eligibility criteria, see the Developmental Disabilities Guidelines
How does it work?
PDD services are provided by service providers in the community. PDD service providers are agencies that specialize in helping people with disabilities. PDD gives these agencies money to pay for the staff supports that individuals need.
PDD services can also be provided through a Family Managed Services agreement. With Family Managed Services, an individual with a developmental disability, their family, or a close friend can directly hire staff or a service provider that has been approved by the PDD program. For more information on this, visit our Family Managed Services section.
How do I get help from PDD?
To apply for funding through the PDD Program, please fill out and submit the PDD registration form. Once we receive your form, someone from the PDD Program will contact you as soon as possible to talk to you about how we can help you. If you need help filling out this form, call 1-877-644-9992 (your call is free if you are in Alberta).