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Newly announced CLBC "client support team" a piecemeal approach to a systemic problem

Summary: 
The Minister of Social Development Stephanie Cadieux has announced a “client support team” that would “assist individuals and families concerned about services provided by CLBC.”

Community Living BC (CLBC) is the crown agency that provides support to people with developmental disabilities in BC. Read the press release here.

BCACL cannot in good conscience support this process until we fully understand what protocols are in place to ensure sound practice. This is a troubling response to real, systematic problems that exist within an underfunded organization and shows this government’s reluctance to acknowledge the seriousness of the systemic crisis within CLBC.

The Minister is asking families and individuals to contact CLBC to get in touch with members of the client support team, which has not yet been created. The email address and phone number will direct callers to the general CLBC switchboard and mailbox.

We continue calling for an independent external review of CLBC that includes the voices of families, individuals and community. The decision create an ad-hoc client support team is a piecemeal approach that comes at a time when we desperately need serious, well thought-out solutions that are equitable, consultative and adequately funded.

The decision to create a client support team was not transparent or informed by community input. We therefore do not know details such as how the issues and needs of families and individuals will be assessed and addressed and who will be on the team.

Read more about the CLBC crisis here.

*update: The Community Living Action Group has issued a press release in response to the client support team. Read the press release here: http://communitylivingaction.org/