The Saskatchewan government has announced a new funding model that will boost support for people with intellectual disabilities.

The new day program funding standard is based on the assessed need of each individual and includes additional money to support people with complex needs.

It replaces the cost-per-space model that was implemented in the 1970s. The move is estimated to cost $6.3 million in the first year and $7 million annually.

Social Services Minister June Draude says the money will be available to people in both residential and day programs.

It is anticipated that as many as 240 people with intellectual disabilities in the province may be diagnosed as having complex needs. 

The new funding model comes into effect April 1.