No more wait lists. One provincial minister in charge. And recognition that all people with developmental disabilities have the right to services they need throughout their lives.
Those are the key recommendations in a long-awaited report released at Queen's Park on Tuesday by the Select Committee on Developmental Services.
Calling the situation "urgent," the all-party committee said it was "deeply troubled and alarmed by the range of barriers confronting persons with developmental disabilities." As a result, they said, many families "feel pushed to the brink of disaster."
To address the confusing jumble of services provided by multiple ministries, the report called for one minister to take responsibility — the minister of community and social services — by leading a special inter-ministerial committee of 10.
That group's first priority should be ending all wait lists for services and supports within the next 12 months and outlining a plan with goals and timelines to implement the report's other 45 recommendations, the MPPs urged.
Does this mean wait lists for medical care? I was talking to my mom the other day about how your healthcare works up there, how everyone gets the same care (supposedly-- not sure how it really is), and doctors don't get paid a crap-load of money. I was frustrated because Medicaid stopped paying for 10mg opiates, which puts me at risk for acetaminophen overdose, which I mentioned in another thread. I have had a heck of a time dealing with Medicaid, and all the issues just add to my stress. I was wondering if you have the same issues there that I have had: trouble getting catheters, trouble getting prescriptions filled (some prescriptions Medicaid will not cover at all, and most pharmacists will not allow me to pay out-of-pocket for them, so it leaves me unmedicated or under-medicated-- these included Toviaz, Hyophen, Promethazine suppositories, Hydrocortisone hemorrhoidal suppositories, and now Hydrocodone-APAP 10-325mg. Some prescriptions, like Lyrica, they cover most of, but require a co-pay.), and trouble getting durable medical equipment. (I haven't even bothered applying for a walker because I found one for free. I paid $32 for the one I lost, but I bought it from an organization who helps mentally disabled people, so I didn't mind helping them out, even though they refused to help me because I was only physically disabled.)