Do you have a child with a disability?
January 22nd, 2017 by Tracy Witty
Navigating through the medical system can be very challenging for parents who care for a child who has a disability of any kind. At Turning Point Rehab we have OTs with extensive pediatric experience as who can assist you with navigating the medical system to ensure optimal care.
Once a child receives a health designation typically by working with their family physician, pediatrician or other specialists, there are many federal and provincial programs that assist families with caring for their child with disabilities.
Please see the links of programs that your child may qualify for:
In B.C., children who qualify and receive benefits through the At Home Program qualify for 100% of coverage of eligible medications and medical supplies. For psychiatric medications, Plan G is available to B.C. residents of any age who demonstrate clinical and financial need to be determined by the local Child and Youth Mental Health services centre. For more detailed information and applications please see:
CHILD DISABILITY BENEFIT (CDB)
In Canada, a child with a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions may qualify for the CDB. CDB provides up to $2,730 per year ($227.50 per month) for each child who is eligible for the disability tax credit. The CDB benefit is adjusted for families with a net income over $65,000 per year. In cases of shared custody, the family income is based on the household who provides primary care for the child, if custody is not an equal 50/50 split.
T2201 DISABILITY TAX CREDIT (DTC) CERTIFICATE
With physician support, a parent with a child with a disability may qualify for a DTC which is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay by claiming the disability amount of $8,001 on line 316 of their tax return. If you qualify, you can claim an additional $4,667 as a supplement for persons under 18 years of age.
A general resource from B.C. for parents with children who have special needs to direct to available services and funding options that may be available:
We hope this helps guide you through the array of programs and services that may be available. T~