Addendum - Changes to the OAP Guidelines and OAP Behaviour Plan Budget Template and Instructions

Effective February 6, 2019

On February 6, 2019, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announced a number of upcoming changes to the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) to provide more children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder access to services sooner.

Until these changes are effective on April 1, 2019, the current OAP Guidelines, OAP Clinical Framework, Clinical Supervisor Attestation form and OAP Behaviour Plan Budget Template, will continue to apply to all new or renewed Behaviour Plans with some revisions. The following addendum outlines amendments to the OAP Guidelines and OAP Behaviour Plan Budget Template that apply during this period.

This addendum should be read in concert with the corresponding sections of the OAP Guidelines, OAP Behaviour Plan Budget Template, and OAP Behaviour Plan Budget Instructions.

ADDENDUM

REVISION AND ADDITION TO THE OAP GUIDELINES
Effective February 6, 2019

On page 33 of the OAP guidelines, section 5.3, replace:

“Budgets will be submitted and funded for up to a maximum of six months.”

with:

“New or renewed budgets will be submitted and funded for up to a maximum of three months. The service hours a child receives per week in any renewed Behaviour Plan must be equal to or less than the service hours they received per week in their previous plan”.



REVISION AND ADDITION TO THE OAP BEHAVIOUR PLAN BUDGET TEMPLATE
Effective February 6, 2019

On page 1 of the OAP Behaviour Plan Budget, under “Submission guidelines”, replace:

“Budgets will be submitted and funded for a maximum of six months. Any budgets submitted for a duration longer than six months will be returned to the OAP provider submitting the budget and will need to be submitted again”.

with:

“Budgets will be submitted and funded for a maximum of three months. Any budgets submitted for a duration longer than three months will be returned to the OAP provider submitting the budget and will need to be submitted again. The service hours a child receives per week in any renewed Behaviour Plan must be equal to or less than the service hours they received per week in their previous plan”.



REVISION AND ADDITION TO THE OAP BEHAVIOUR PLAN BUDGET INSTRUCTIONS
Effective February 6, 2019

In Part A of the OAP Behaviour Plan Budget, under “Submission guidelines”, replace:

“Budgets will be submitted and funded for a maximum of six months. Any budgets submitted for a duration longer than six months will be returned to the OAP provider submitting the budget and will need to be submitted again”.

with:

“Budgets will be submitted and funded for a maximum of three months. Any budgets submitted for a duration longer than three months will be returned to the OAP provider submitting the budget and will need to be submitted again. The service hours a child receives per week in any renewed Behaviour Plan must be equal to or less than the service hours they received per week in their previous plan”.