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 …

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 …