Children and Family Development Minister Katrine Conroy (BC Government/Flickr)

Emergency COVID-19 funding now available for children with special needs

Funding to be used to help support families through uncertain times of pandemic

The B.C. government has announced an emergency relief fund for parents and guardians of children with special needs during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund will provide a direct payment of $225 per month to eligible families over the next three months, until June 30. The money, doled out to families on a need-by-need basis, can be used to pay for meal preparation and grocery shopping, caregiver relief support, counselling services and other services that support family functioning, the province said.

“We have been hearing from families of children with special needs that they are facing a lot of uncertainty right now,” Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development, said in a statement on Wednesday (April 8).

The emergency fund will help support 50 per cent more of the eligible families in B.C. that are still awaiting various services.

About 30,000 children and youth with special needs use services through the province.

ALSO READ: Quarantined mom say pandemic has put special-needs families in ‘crisis mode’

The province also announced it would be relaxing a number of measures under the Children and Youth with Special Needs policy guidelines in order to offer more flexibility in the immediate future.

Those changes include putting a moratorium on monthly maintenance payments for families on special needs or voluntary care agreements, expanding staffing for programs directed to Aboriginal children and allowing more families to be eligible for the At Home Program medical benefits.

For families of children with autism, parameters under the Autism Funding program will be expanded so families can use up to 35 per cent of available funds to buy equipment that assists home learning, as well as redirect those funds to pay for family counselling and therapy services.


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

North Cariboo Shop Local Campaign set to ramp up as businesses gradually reopen

“We got everybody together to get on the same page,” Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson said.

Quesnel Pride Society receives $8,500 grant from Trans Care B.C.

The annual Pride Parade has been cancelled due to COVID-19, grant funds will supoort future projects

City of Quesnel answers questions about the gold pan

The decision to relocate the gold pan has some Quesnel residents upset

11 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. as top doc urges caution amid ‘encouraging’ low rates

Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced that two care home outbreaks would be declared over

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces official ban on overnight kids’ camps this summer

New ban comes after talking with other provincial health officials across the country, Henry says

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

PHOTOS: U.S. cities brace for increasing unrest over police killing of George Floyd

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has fully mobilized the state’s National Guard

$200,000 Maybach impounded after ‘L’ driver caught excessively speeding in Vancouver

Meanwhile, the supervisor sat in the passenger seat, police said

COVID-19 cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a B.C. mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Yukon ready to lift COVID travel restrictions with B.C. in July: premier

Premier Sandy Silver says the territory’s health-care system can cope with the virus.

Most Read