An updated version of the AtHome Program (AHP) Guide is now available. Changes have been made to describe the new procedures for the loan, repair and recycling of AHP-funded equipment, and in response to feedback received by families and service providers. AHP forms and program-related materials have also been updated to reflect these changes and can be found at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/healthy-women-children/child-behaviour-development/special-needs/complex-health-needs/at-home-program
The AHP Guide updates include:
- The age requirement for the School-Aged Extended Therapies benefit has been changed to include children who are under the age of five upon school entry (effective September 4, 2018).
- The ability of Nurse Practitioners to refer children for an At Home Program Assessment.
- Specialized car seats require the National Safety Mark (NSM) to demonstrate meeting the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS).
- The purchase of medical equipment, biomedical equipment and supplies may be limited to those available from the Product Distribution Center (PDC), Canadian dealers, Canadian manufacturers and/or Canadian distributers
- The new procedures for loan, repair and recycling of AHP-funded medical and biomedical equipment, which is now administered by HME Mobility and Accessibility and referred to as the Children’s Medical Equipment Distribution Service (CMEDS) and CMEDS Biomedical Equipment programs
- An expanded description of what is meant by a child with “severe disabilities”.
- The clarification that AHP Medical Benefits are available to children who are considered palliative, which means they have been diagnosed with a life-threating illness or condition, and have a life expectancy of up to 6 months.
The following AHP forms and program-related materials have also been updated to reflect these changes and new hyperlinks to related documents:
AHP Application form, which includes additional information about who is eligible for the AHP, and how to apply
AHP Info Sheet
AHP Guidelines for Requesting Audiology Equipment and Supplies
AHP Guidelines for Requesting Cochlear Implant Supplies
AHP Guidelines for Writing Justification Letters for Biomedical Equipment
AHP Guidelines for Writing Justification Letters for Medical Equipment
AHP Guidelines Regarding Therapist Assistants
AHP Request for Orthotics form
AHP Request for School Aged Extended Therapies form
AHP Request for Optical Benefits
School-Aged Therapy and the AHP’s School-Aged Extended Therapies Info Sheet
Please recycle any printed copies of the previous version of the AHP Guide and the updated AHP forms and program-related materials listed above.
Questions regarding these updates can be referred to Inclusion Supports and Services Policy team at MCF.ChildrenYouthSpecialNeeds@gov.bc.ca.