Hospital patients including those in Centracare, Saint John and the Restigouche Hospital Centre, Campbelton, and any of the Detox centers who are in need of personal necessities may apply for the Hospital rate of assistance which is equivalent to the Comfort and Clothing Allowance once they have been patients for thirty consecutive days. Eligibility for this rate of assistance would be assessed as for all other applicants.
Clients entering hospitals including those in Centracare, Saint John and the Restigouche Hospital Centre, Campbelton, and any of the Detox centers do not automatically become ineligible for assistance. However, for clients who must remain in hospital for a prolonged period of time, a reassessment of their eligibility is required. They may be entitled to assistance at their regular rate or at the Hospital rate and/or the Comfort and Clothing Allowance which is a Special Benefit, or may not be entitled to assistance or benefits at all. A decision regarding such eligibility will be based on the client's income and needs and on household size as follows: