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There are a range of generic and specialized services for adults with disabilities. Services are based on each person’s unique needs.

What therapy services are available for adults with a disability? Do adults receive therapy services from a specific agency or through private practice?

There are many therapy services available including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech- language pathology and audiology. Therapy services for adults are delivered by Regional Health Authorities and other service providers in hospital and community settings. Hospital-based therapy services are funded by Manitoba Health as an insured health benefit. Many community-based therapy services are also fully funded. A referral from a physician or other health professional may be required for community-based services. Contact your Regional Health Authority for details of services available in your region at:

Coverage for Injury

There may be coverage for therapy from specific organizations or programs. For example, Manitoba Public Insurance may provide coverage for specific types of therapy if your injury was caused by a motor vehicle accident. The following chart shows examples of organizations that may provide coverage for therapy:

How Injury or Disability was Acquired Organization For More Information
Motor Vehicle Accident Manitoba Public Insurance
Workplace Injury Workers' Compensation Board
Victim of Crime Victim Service

Private or Employer-Based Insurance

You may have full or partial coverage for therapy services through private or employer- based extended health care insurance (ex: Manitoba Blue Cross). Check with your insurer or employer about coverage and eligibility. A referral from a physician or other health care professional may be required.

Private Practice Therapy

If you are not eligible for coverage through any of the options listed above, or have reached maximum coverage from an organization, you may choose to pay for therapy services. Many therapists also provide services in private practice. The following professional associations provide information on therapy services and how to find a private practice therapist:

What is Home Care? What services does Home Care provide?

The Manitoba Home Care Program is a community- based program that provides home support to any eligible Manitoban, regardless of age, who requires health services or help with daily living activities. Services may include:

Home Care services may be provided in your home, educational setting or workplace, based on assessed needs.

Families or individuals may have the opportunity to manage their own home care services through family-managed or self-managed care options.

For a general overview of Manitoba’s Home Care Program, visit:

Home care services are accessed through your Regional Health Authority. Contact your Regional Health Authority for detailed information about home care services, eligibility, or to arrange for a home care assessment with a case co-ordinator. For Regional Health Authority contact information, visit:

Who is eligible for Home Care?

To be eligible for Home Care, you must be a Manitoba resident and registered with Manitoba Health. Eligibility is based on an assessment of your individual needs. To find out if you are eligible, a case co-ordinator will meet with you and complete the assessment. Case co-ordinators are health professionals who are qualified to assess your home care needs. When assessing your needs, the case co-ordinator will consider the supports that you already have in place as well as other community resources that are available to you.

There is an appeal process if you disagree with the final decision about eligibility for home care, type of service, level of service or personal care home admission decisions. Contact the Manitoba Health Appeal Board at:
Winnipeg: 204-945-5408
Toll free: 1-866-744-3257

Are there different levels of service?

Yes, there are different levels of home care service. The level of service provided is based on the assessment process and the mutually agreed upon, individual care plan developed with you and the case co-ordinator.

Are you eligible for the Community Living disABILITY Services program?

Through the Manitoba government’s ServiceLink, you can learn more about the services that may be available for you or your family member through the Community Living disABILITY Services program. This on-line tool will take you through a series of basic questions. A results page will display services that you may be eligible for, links to related websites and contact information.

What types of mental health services are in Manitoba?

Manitoba has a range of mental health services for adults provided in community and hospital settings. The list below provides an overview of services available across Manitoba. The majority of mental health services are delivered by the 11 Regional Health Authorities with some community-based mental health services provided by self help and advocacy organizations. Not all services are available in all regions. Check with your Regional Health Authority to find out which services are available.

The following link provides a list of mental health contacts in each Regional Health Authority:

Community Based Mental Health Services

Other Community Based Mental Health Services

Hospital Based Mental Health Services

Specialized Services

Some Regional Health Authorities may provide a variety of specialized programs and services. These may include:

For an overview of Manitoba’s Mental Health system please visit:

Who are these services for?

These mental health services are available for:

How are mental health services accessed?

Mental health services can be accessed through your family doctor or other healthcare professional, or by calling directly to mental health services of your local Regional Health Authority. For a list of the Regional Health Authorities in Manitoba and contact information for their mental health programs, visit:

Your community may have other types of mental health supports available and you may have access to private services through your workplace Employee Assistance Program. If you are in a mental health crisis or cannot wait for an appointment, you can call your local crisis line or Mobile Crisis Service. The phone number can be found in your local phone book or visit:

What is the marketAbilities Program?

The marketAbilities Program of Manitoba Family Services and Labour offer a wide range of employment-focused services to assist adults with disabilities to:

Who is eligible for the marketAbilities Program?

To receive marketAbilities services in Manitoba, applicants must:

What services are provided through the marketAbilities Program?

There are a wide range of services available through the marketAbilities Program. The services that each person receives is tailored to their unique needs and based on available financial and human resources.

A vocation relates to employment or an occupation.

marketAbilities includes services and supports to help people with disabilities gain suitable employment.

Are there options for self-directed service delivery within the marketAbilities Program?

Yes. The self-directed option provides people with disabilities a choice in how they can apply for marketAbilities Program funding. Eligible participants who do not want, or need, assistance from a vocational counsellor can submit a request for funding assistance and manage their own plan. A Self-Directed marketAbilities Program Handbook for Applicants is available to assist applicants.

The following website has links to both the handbook and application form:

Does the marketAbilities Program provide services to youth transitioning from school to the community?

For students whose main goal is to gain competitive employment when they leave school, the marketAbilities Program may play a central role. Family Services and Labour (FSL) is one of several partners in Bridging to Adulthood: A Protocol for Transitioning Students with Exceptional Needs from School to Community . FSL’s marketAbilities Program provides a wide range of services and supports to assist eligible people prepare for, obtain and maintain employment.

For more information on the marketAbilities Program please visit:

What support does the marketAbilities Program provide after a participant gets a job?

When a marketAbilities Program participant gets a job, there are supports available to help them keep it.

Monitoring and Follow Up

The marketAbilities Counsellor will maintain, or arrange for regular contact with, both the participant and the employer to:

If the participant needs intensive support to maintain their employment, Employment Supports may be provided for up to 36 months after employment has started. Employment Support provides ongoing support and assistance to participants. The focus is mainly on supports that are directly related to employment. Assistance may also be provided to address or assist with non-employment related issues that affect the person’s ability to maintain employment.

Vocational Crisis

Vocational Crisis Services are disability-related supports provided to prevent job loss. If a person is at risk of losing their job, Vocational Crisis Services funding is available on a priority basis to help the person maintain their job. Vocational Crisis is different from Employment Supports. A vocational crisis is short-term, emergency-related and is required to save or retain a job.

Where do I go to apply for services from the marketAbilities Program?

marketAbilities Program services are available from various service providers, depending on the disability a person has:

What is Supported Employment?

Through Supported Employment, people with disabilities have supports to acquire and maintain a job. The goals of the Supported Employment program are:

The Manitoba Supported Employment Network website provides information for educators, employers and job seekers. For more information, visit:

The Manitoba Supported Employment Network website contains a listing of organizations that provide information and/or services for supported employment. For more information, visit:

I have been working in my career for many years. I have recently acquired a disability and can no longer perform my job functions. What do I do?

The answer depends, in part, on how your disability was acquired. If it was a motor vehicle accident, contact Manitoba Public Insurance for information on the supports and services that may be available to you. If it was a workplace injury, contact the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. Many employers also have long term disability insurance. Ask your employer what is available to you.

For someone who is currently employed and facing a potential job loss due to a vocational crisis, the provincial marketAbilities Program may also be able to assist. If you are eligible, services may include:

Do I need to tell my employer about my disability?

You are not required to disclose a disability. However, there are many things to consider when deciding if, and when, you tell your employer. For more information please refer to the section on Human Rights and Reasonable Accommodations.

What is The Vulnerable Persons Act?

On October 4, 1996, a law called The Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Act was introduced in Manitoba. It is often called The Vulnerable Persons Act.

This act was developed to promote and protect the rights of adults living with a mental disability who need assistance to meet their basic needs. The legislation recognizes these Manitobans as vulnerable persons.

The act defines a vulnerable person as “an adult living with a mental disability who is in need of assistance to meet his or her basic needs with regard to personal care and/or management of his or her property.” There are three key areas of The Vulnerable Persons Act:

In The Vulnerable Persons Act, three key areas are described:

The decision making authority of the substitute decision maker is only for the specified period of time required (maximum of five years).

What is the Community Living disABILITY Services Program?

The Community Living disABILITY Services program is a provincial government program that provides a range of support services for families and Manitobans living with a mental disability. The program supports eligible adults to live safely and participate fully in the community. Services are based on the belief that people living with a mental disability should have the opportunity to:

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Community Living disABILITY Services program, a person must:

For more information on eligibility please visit:

Are you eligible for the Community Living disABILITY Services program?

Through the Manitoba government’s ServiceLink, you can learn more about the services that may be available for you or your family member through the Community Living disABILITY Services program. This on-line tool will take you through a series of basic questions. A results page will display services that you may be eligible for, links to related websites and contact information.

What services are available through the Community Living disABILITY Services program?

Service options may include:

Services are co-ordinated through community service workers and are planned on a person- centered basis to meet the unique needs of each individual. Supports and services are available through regional offices located throughout the province. Services are provided depending on the availability of funding, the assessed needs of the person and the urgency of the need for service.

Residential Services

Residential services include a range of supports to assist people to live in the community. Options may include:

Day Services

Day services may include a range of supports and training to help people participate in the community through one or more of the following activities:

Support Services

Support services available to assist people and their families may include:

Are there options for self-directed service delivery within the Community Living disABILITY Services program?

The Community Living disABILITY Services program does have a self-directed program option. The program, In the Company of Friends, links participants with volunteer support networks in the community.

Where can I learn more about a specific disability?

There are many reliable information sources for specific disabilities.

How can I find a family doctor?

The Family Doctor Connection line through Manitoba Health provides a list of doctors who are accepting new patients. To access the list of available doctors and how to contact them, call:
Winnipeg: 204-786-7111
Toll free: 1-866-690-8260
TTY/TDD: 204-774-8618
Manitoba relay service: 1-800-855-0511

For more information on health services in Manitoba and how to access these services, visit Manitoba Health’s info health guide online: