Advocacy News

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 …

Advocacy News

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 …

Cuts, gaps & impacts

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 …

Cuts, gaps & impacts

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 …

Autism

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 …

Cuts, gaps & impacts

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 …

Adults/Young Adults

Community Living Action Group Issues reports, solution for growing crisis

PREMIER CLARK URGED TO LISTEN, PUT FAMILIES FIRST AGAIN MOMS joined other family and community living organizations today at a media event to launch a major report and recommendations urging BC’s new Premier, Christy Clark, to honour promises to listen and to start putting families first again. The report was the result of broad community …