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Announcement of five early implementation launch sites of new integrated service delivery model

The Province has announced the five launch sites for its new integrated service delivery model, to begin in fall 2013, as part of the Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities review initiative.

On January 19, 2012, the Province released a comprehensive report: Improving Services to People with Development Disabilities. This included a 12-point plan that began a shift from a complex system of supports and services to an integrated system of support that will better meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and families.

Beginning this fall, the ministry will launch five early implementation sites to test, evaluate and refine the integrated service model prior to implementing it around the province. The sites will be in Courtenay/Nanaimo; Surrey; Burnaby; Kamloops/Merritt; and Prince George/Haida Gwaii.

These locations represent a range of rural and urban communities with demographic and cultural diversity. Aboriginal communities, school districts and employment service providers and will be involved.

Four sites will be operational in the fall focused on supporting youth and young adults ages 16 to 24. A fifth site, in Burnaby, will be focused on the 55 plus age group and the specific services and supports that older adults may need. The Burnaby site will be operational in early 2014.

Next steps will be to hire a qualified director and navigators for each site. Using a phased approach, the director job postings for the sites focused on youth will be posted first – with the director posting for the site focused on older adults to follow. After that, qualified navigators will be hired.

Work has been completed on a series of reports essential to providing more integrated services and supports for people with developmental disabilities. These reports are the result of extensive community engagement and consultation with representatives from the ministries and authorities involved in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.

The Support Networks – a Discussion Paper describes the central role support networks have to an individual during a transition. A person’s support network is an impart part of good planning and a measure of how connected a person feels to their community. 

The Common Assessment Platform is a technical report on what a common assessment platform is, what it does and examples of common assessment platforms that work well. As part of the early implementation sites, a common assessment platform – one that centralizes information to better support planning and services – will be tested. Privacy provisions will be a priority.

The Integrated Service Delivery Model is a detailed analysis of the current service delivery model as well as opportunities for change, improvement and innovation going forward.

The Navigator Model report Acrobat reader logo. Click to download reader. outlines the roles and responsibilities of dedicated positions (navigators) within government. A navigator is someone who can act as a single contact and help coordinate planning for and access to the range of services and supports available.

Learn more about all of the consultation and engagement activities to date.

There’s also an online discussion forum that citizens are encouraged to participate in.