Integrated Adult Services Pilot Project

On June 30, 2021, the Manitoba government announced it was collaborating with persons with disabilities, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), and the Manitoba Human Rights Commission (MHRC) to develop a pilot project designed to address gaps and barriers in services for adults with complex disability-related needs.

The Departments of Families and Health, as well as the WRHA, are working together to develop a new service delivery model for adults with both a medical diagnosis and complex disability-related needs through a 30-month pilot project called “Integrated Adult Services” or IAS. A plain language guide is available here to further explain the project and help you go through the application process.

The project will be overseen by a steering committee made up of representatives from the community, individuals with disabilities and lived experience, family members of individuals with lived experience, service providers, the Manitoba government, WRHA and the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.

The project is looking to recruit up to 30 people living with disabilities in the Winnipeg Health Region in order to help the government find out what challenges adults with disabilities face when they try to access services for needed supports and how those challenges can be overcome.

Some of the complex needs people have that might require support, could include (but not be limited to):

  • Personal Care
  • Home Care
  • Housing
  • Day Services
  • Employment
  • Equipment
  • Mental Health
  • Prescription Medication
  • Transportation
  • Income
  • Respite

Project Eligibility

People may qualify for the IAS project if they meet the following requirements:

    1. Live in the Winnipeg Health Region (includes Winnipeg, Churchill and East and West St. Paul).
    2. Are age 18 or older.
    3. Have a medical diagnosis and:
      a) A permanent complex physical disability, or
      b) A permanent complex physical and intellectual disability.
    4. Have challenges accessing disability related supports and services in Manitoba.

If a person does not meet the criteria identified in 3(a) or 3(b), the steering committee may approve their application if they are clearly experiencing serious disability-related barriers to obtaining supports and services.

Participants will take part in a needs assessment, service planning process, and an evaluation. The IAS project will begin accepting applications on November 9, 2022.

Principles and Goals of the Project

The IAS project has been developed based on the following principles and goals:

  • IAS will be person-centred.
  • Assessment and service delivery will be based on each individual’s own needs. Service planning will be developed in collaboration with each person respecting their right to self-determination.
  • Creative solutions and problem solving within existing programs will be emphasized.
  • The project will document the lived experience of all participants and of other adults with a medical diagnosis and complex-disability related needs living throughout Manitoba. The project will deal with any gaps, limitations, resource needs, or system barriers that may exist for the participants.
  • Evaluation of programming and services will be based on individual outcomes with the goal of giving the government ideas to know how to make changes.
  • The pilot project will be accessible and work to remove barriers to participation.

How to Apply

Please be advised that the intake period for this pilot is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications.

Downloaded forms may be completed and sent as an attachment to an email, or delivered by hand or regular mail to the address below.

The contact information for the IAS project is as follows:


Telephone:            (204) 945-8863 (Department of Families)


(431) 334-7112 (Winnipeg Regional Health Authority)

Mailing Address: 3-170 Goulet Street, Winnipeg R2H 0R7 (attention Integrated Adult Services Pilot)

The deadline for IAS applications was December 9, 2022.

Please contact staff to request the application in another format or if you need ASL support.