One Mom’s Letter to the Minister

We continue to receive the most amazing, heartbreaking and disturbing letters from families, caregivers and concerned citizens around the province sharing their experiences about BC’s community living crisis. I wish we could share them all, but most people are simply too afraid of retaliation if they speak out, or are quite understandably reluctant to sacrifice their family’s privacy. …

MOMS Challenges minister’s efforts to downplay community living complaints

The Minister responsible for Community Living, Stephanie Cadieux, suggested in media reports today that families and other community living advocates have been exaggerating the crisis in BC’s community living sector because only 63 complaints have been filed to date with a new client support team. Read the Minister’s comments in today’s Victoria Times Colonist and Vancouver Sun The minister …

CLBC ‘home’ share abuses exposed

CLBC has been defending the closure of group homes and forced moves of residents into “home share” contractors with claims that it’s about providing more personalized models of care. And for some aduls with developmental disabilities, finding a home with a caring family is exactly that – a happy new beginning. But CLBC and the ministers who …

Disturbing CLBC reports continue to emerge as Premier dodges external review

The following summarizes some of the serious issues/concerns shared with MOMS regarding CLBC’s management and oversight, particularly regarding efforts to reduce the costs of supports and residential care contracts. These issues are being brought forward by concerned CLBC insiders and service providers as well as families and they illustrate the need for a full independent …

MOMS to BC budget Committee: ‘Families First’ means reversing a decade of cuts

MOMS is presenting a brief to the province’s bipartisan budget committee today, offering advice on fiscal priorities for the 2012 provincial budget. Here is an extract: Government claims unprecedented spending to support children & youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities and families. Yet since we started MOMS a decade ago, families around BC have reported …

Community living partners call for $70M to stem crisis amid new reports of abuses

The BC Community Living Action Group today issued a press release and backgrounder explaining the funding gap underlying BC’s growing community living crisis. MOMS is a partner in BC CLAG, which includes other provincial family advocacy groups, self advocates, contracted community agencies and sector employees. “For immediate release: August 31, 2011: The BC Community Living Action Group (BC‐CLAG) strongly urges Premier Christy …

Premier vows Autism Centre will ‘hugely’ improve services; Minister Disagrees?

Confronted by media questions about her plans to invest $20 million in provincial funding in a costly building instead of addressing gaps in autism services, Premier Christy Clark initially appeared stumped. But in a quick recovery, she assured investigative reporter Sean Holman that the centre was being designed to create a “huge improvement” in autism services: (Video …

Deeper cuts ahead as BC tells agencies to cut services to cover new costs, demands

More disturbing news is emerging around the growing crisis in services funded through CLBC, the agency responsible for supporting adults with severe developmental disabilities. In today’s Victoria Times Colonist, Lindsay Kines reports on new CLBC documents that reveal the BC government is forcing community agencies to make further cuts to offset new costs and new demands. Meanwhile, the BC Association for Community …