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Stuttering Treatment Financial Assistance Program


The Provincial Voice Care Resource Program administers a program supporting intensive treatment for British Columbian adults who stutter. This program was initiated in 1995 by the British Columbia Ministry of Health, and is in memoriam to the late Fred Gingell, former MLA, Delta-South. The program commences in April and will reimburse up to 12 participants annually for tuition expenses incurred to attend an approved intensive stuttering treatment program, upon successful completion of the program.

Residents of British Columbia who have been diagnosed by a speech-language pathologist as having a stuttering problem, who are aged nineteen or older, and who complete an approved intensive stuttering treatment program will be eligible for the reimbursement program. Each individual is eligible for one-time funding only.

The following is a list of procedures to assist you in planning for your evaluation and treatment as well as reimbursement of tuition expenses. If you need more information or have questions about the procedures, please contact Dr. Rammage.

  1. Contact Dr. Rammage regarding availability of funds, and to determine the eligibility of the intensive stuttering treatment program of your choice. The intensive stuttering treatment program must be able to provide: 1) a description of their clinical strategies; 2) a description of the measurements used to assess fluency; 3) criteria for evaluating success of clinical progress; and 4) treatment effect size.

  2. Make application to the approved stuttering treatment program, according to their standard application and assessment procedures. If you are required to pay tuition in advance of the program, you will be reimbursed by the Fred Gingell program upon submission of your receipt and completion of the program evaluation form, which is distributed during the last day of your treatment. PLEASE KEEP YOUR RECEIPT(S). Currently approved programs are:

    • Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR)
      Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta
      1500 College Plaza, 8215 - 112 Street
      Edmonton, AB
      Canada T6G 2C8
      Phone: (780) 492-2619
      Fax: (780) 492-8457

    • Columbia Speech and Language Services, Inc.
      #1316-750 West Broadway
      Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1J3
      Phone: (604) 875-9100
      Fax: (604) 875-9130

  1. Once you have completed the application and assessment protocol for an approved stuttering treatment program, the program directors will contact PVCRP regarding your acceptance into a specific intensive treatment session. You may be required to pay the service provider a deposit to reserve a space in an upcoming treatment session. This deposit will be returned to you upon completion of the therapy program.

  2. PVCRP will confirm your eligibility for the funding program.

  3. Complete the intensive stuttering treatment program, including post-treatment assessment forms.

  4. If the approved treatment program does not require tuition payment in advance, PVCRP will pay the eligible treatment program directly on your behalf, upon your completion of the program and post-treatment assessment forms.

  5. If you were required to pay the tuition in advance, mail your receipt(s) for tuition to Dr. Rammage at the PVCRP office for your reimbursement after you have completed your intensive treatment program. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL INSURANCE NUMBER (SIN). Reimbursement requests that do not include SIN will be returned to the sender. Allow 6 weeks for your reimbursement, which will be mailed to you unless alternative arrangements are made. The reimbursement cheque will be from The University of British Columbia where the stuttering program account is held. Send your receipts and SIN to:

    • Dr. Linda Rammage, Director
      Provincial Voice Care Resource Program
      G & L Diamond Health Care Centre
      Vancouver General Hospital
      4th Floor, 2775 Laurel Street
      Vancouver, BC
      V5Z 1M9

Good luck in reaching your speech improvement goals! For support group information see the BCAPS website at: www.bcaps.bc.ca

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