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Press Release: Internal Review Results in $40 Million Funding Announcement and Plan to Improve Services to People with Developmental Disabilities and their Families

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BCACL has issued a press release in response to the results of an internal review of Community Living BC (CLBC), the government funding body that provides supports to people with developmental disabilities.
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PRESS RELEASE
Internal Review Results in $40 Million Funding Announcement and Plan to Improve Services to People with Developmental Disabilities and their Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Westminster, B.C., January 19, 2012 - The BC Association for Community Living (BCACL) is encouraged by the B.C. Government’s 12-point plan to improve services to people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Premier and Minister of Social Development announced with the report today an $18 million annualized investment in Community Living BC (CLBC) operations, $12m to support expected caseload increases and $10m to the Ministry of Social Development for transition planning, employment and day programs. CLBC is the crown agency that provides supports and services to people with developmental disabilities.

“Given what people with developmental disabilities and their families have been through, today is a hopeful day,” says Annette Delaplace, BCACL President and mother of a child with special needs. “Thanks to the tireless efforts of families, individuals and advocates, we are seeing decisive action.”

"We are encouraged by the Minister’s commitment to take a serious look at problems within CLBC,” says Faith Bodnar, Executive Director of the BC Association for Community Living. “Today’s announcement and report offers some hope to people with developmental disabilities and their families, many of whom have spoken out and told their stories in the face of enormous struggles."

The 12-Point plan is a positive first step, signaling willingness by the Premier and Minister of Social Development to listen and work diligently towards understanding and acting on this issue. The Government has promised to work collaboratively and transparently with community towards building a system of support that meets the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families. This is critical to seeing the success of the plan.

BCACL agrees that CLBC’s “request for service” list is seriously flawed and we urge the government to work quickly to gather accurate numbers.

BCACL is currently reviewing the reports in detail and we look forward to learning more about the government’s plan to improve services. We are committed to working as partners along with families and people with developmental disabilities in implementing the 12-point plan.

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