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Impact of new funding to Community Living BC - BCACL wants to hear from you

Summary: 
The Province of BC recently announced a $40 million increase in funding to Community Living BC. We want to know if this increase has made an impact in your life.

BCACL wants to hear from families, people with developmental disabilities and community organizations. 

In January, 2012, the provincial government announced a $40 million increase in funding to Community Living BC, the Crown Agency that provides funding to adults with developmental disabilities and their families in B.C. We want to know if this increase has made an impact in your life.

The new funding was announced at time when there was a large backlog of requests for services. Preliminary indications show that the funding has since been allocated and we are once again receiving reports from people who are unable to access the supports and funding they need.

As the end of the school year approaches, we know many families will count on funding and supports after high school. 600 youths are estimated to become eligible for CLBC funding this year, in addition to those who were already waiting.

As well, approximately 300 new people who are living with their parents and who over the age of 19 will apply for funding for the first time.

BCACL knows that adequate additional funding each year is the first step.

Your stories and experiences are critical as BCACL coordinates and plans the next steps to ensuring our government has the information it needs to respond.

  • Have you experienced any changes to or reviews of your existing services? If yes, what was the result?
  • Have you used the Client Support Line to access services or appeal a decision? If yes, what was your experience?
  • Has the Guide to Support Allocation been used by a facilitator in planning for services? If yes, how was it used?
  • What type of residential options have been presented to you or the individual you support?
  • What length of wait times have been presented to you for services?
  • If you are supporting a youth transitioning out of high school, do you feel like you have you been supported to plan for the future by all interested parties? (ie, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Community Living BC, the Ministry of Health)
  • What, if any, concerns do you have as you navigate the system to access supports?

Please contact us by email or telephone:

Karen De Long, at kdelong@inclusionbc.org

604-777-9100