CLBCApril 28th, 2014

Increases to program funding and service provider training are among improvements announced today by Community Living BC to an already innovative program for adults with autism spectrum disorder or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Improvements to the Personal Supports Initiative (PSI) support CLBC’s renewed commitment to continuous quality improvement and respond to feedback from staff, service providers and people receiving services.

B.C. is a leader in Canada with a specific community living program for this group of adults. CLBC introduced the PSI in 2010 to provide support and service to adults who did not meet the developmental disability criteria but who do have significant challenges in adaptive functioning and a diagnosis of either autism or FASD.

In response to feedback received over the past year, CLBC has developed a work plan to strengthen PSI that will be implemented over the next 12-18 months and includes:

  • streamlining the contracting process in partnership with service providers to improve efficiency and accessibility
  • increasing integration of PSI supports with CLBC’s Community Action Employment Plan to help create more job opportunities for people we serve who want to work and are able to work
  • CLBC staff and service provider training
  • updating communication and program guides with families and self advocates
  • strengthening collaboration with government ministries and agencies to improve health, housing and community inclusion options
  • establishing a stakeholder advisory group to provide advice about the response to the review

Approximately 650 people were registered for PSI services as of December 31, 2013 – up from 20 in 2009/10 and 169 in 2010/11. PSI is intended to augment existing community and government supports and where necessary provide funding for services such as supported living, respite, employment support, skill development, homemaker support, and development of support networks.

CLBC’s 2014/15-2016/17 Service Plan confirms an investment in PSI services of $18.7 million in 2014-15 and $22.5 million in 2016-17.

Download a summary of the PSI and proposed program improvements here. For more information contact CLBC Communications at 604-209-7608.

Quotes

Don McRae, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation:

“It’s good to see CLBC making improvements to the Personalized Supports Initiative program and taking into consideration the feedback from the families, clients and front-line service providers that use and support the program. The changes will help improve the delivery of these person-centred supports that assist people to meet their goals of living a full, inclusive life.”

Doug Woollard, Interim CEO, Community Living BC:

“Strengthening our Personalized Supports Initiative is a demonstration of CLBC’s commitment to listening and learning from our staff, service providers, individuals with FASD and autism and their families. In addition to recognizing the strengths of the people we serve and responding to their feedback, these measures will increase our efficiency and provide additional supports that will promote community inclusion.”

Linda Perry, Executive Director, Vela Society:

“Vela Society has been pleased to work with a number of individuals and families that have accessed funding for services through CLBC’s Personal Support Initiative. Through the PSI initiative many people, that in the past, have not been able to access services, are now successfully receiving flexible supports that demonstrate an understanding for the unique needs of those being assisted. The new work plan CLBC is announcing today further reflects a commitment to continuing to evolve and improve on the Personal Support Initiative.”

http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/2014/04/clbc-makes-improvement-to-innovative-initiative-for-adults-with-autism-and-fasd/