Aftercare Benefits Initiative
Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies – Aftercare Benefits Initiative
The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) Aftercare Benefits Initiative (ABI) was announced in February and is funded by the Ontario government.
Beginning August 1st, 2014, former Crown wards and other youth who have left or are leaving care may be eligible to enroll in the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) Aftercare Benefits Initiative (ABI) providing comprehensive prescription, dental, vision, extended health benefits as well as a range of counselling and other life-skills supports (depression care, financial planning, career coaching, legal advice and much more).
Green Shield Canada is the provider of prescription, health, dental, vision and other benefits and Shepell for the counselling and life skills supports services.
Please note that youth will not be reimbursed if they pay out of pocket for services. Health providers must bill Green Shield directly.
To apply for ABI, visit http://www.oacas.org/abi/