Overcoming the fear factor – Contractor goes public

A common question in the CLBC crisis is why CLBC contractors and agencies that directly support adults have been so reluctant to publicly voice the concerns they share with us privately. Many contractors and agency directors claim it’s a matter of survival. They tell us CLBC makes it very clear that if they don’t cooperate in reducing services, or if they complain publicly about risks to their clients, …

Starting a Discussion: How do we guide change in community living?

The Vancouver Sun has published my letter to the editor responding to Vaughn Palmer’s column on the new Queenswood report . Since they cut out some important parts, I’ve also linked to the original letter below. This letter and our recent summaries reflect just one of what I’m sure are many perspectives, which continue to evolve as we pick up …

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 …