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Report from Finance Committee Recommends Improvements to CLBC

Summary: 
The Standing Committee on Finance released its budget 2012 consultation report. It recommends a financial investment into CLBC and the quick completion of a review. Recommendations also related to the new employment model and improvements to the transition process for youth leaving high school.

Read the full report here.

Highlights of the Report

The Committee recommended that the provincial government:

  • Expedite the review of Community Living BC and be prepared to invest as appropriate; and continue to improve planning and services for youth and adults with special needs who are in transition or whose families are in transition.*" (page 49)
  • Support the development of a full-cost and sustainable funding model for community-based employment service programs that deliver services on behalf of government.* (page 49)
  • Give consideration to improving how community gaming grants are distributed, in recognition of the valuable services of non-profit and volunteer organizations.* (page 49)

Page 27: Resourcing Community Services

During the course of the consultation process, the Committee received numerous submissions on community services. In addition to underscoring the important role of these services to British Columbians, submissions proposed ways to improve both services as well as how they are delivered.

Requests were heard to improve community living services, the funding model for community-based employment service providers, and supports for Aboriginal friendship centres. In addition, arts and culture groups submitted requests to improve community gaming grants.

The report also expressed concern over the transition process for youth with special needs leaving high school and quoted a presentation from BCACL Executive Director Faith Bodnar.

Page 27: Community Living Services

Concerns were expressed about the situation facing someone who is receiving designated services from the Ministry of Children and Family Development and must transition to Community Living BC (CLBC) when they turn 19. The Committee heard that this transition can be problematic – largely due to insufficient to services and supports – and often results in the interruption of services for these vulnerable young adults. Urged to make recommendations to immediately improve this situation, the Committee heard the following:

“What really are the expectations of families? … That some help and support should be provided so that they can know that their sons and daughters are safe while they are at work, earning money so that they can pay their taxes, and can support our social programs and our infrastructure. They expect to continue to do what they had done for the previous 19 years: care for and love their children until they are ready to move into homes of their own and enter day programs.” (Faith Bodnar, BC Association for Community Living, Vancouver public hearing)

“On reaching 19, young people with developmental disabilities cannot continue receiving services. They must now apply then wait until funds become available. Many of these are presently waiting for services.” (B. Masako Stillwell, Community Family Link Society of British Columbia, Written submission)

“In order to do a healthy transition from youth to adulthood, we need services to transition them to, and we are seeing huge gaps in our area to be able to transition children and youth, particularly into the adult years.” (Kerri Bassett-Kluss, Kitimat and Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre Societies, Smithers public hearing)