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 …

Advocacy News

An extraordinary act of Courage

One of the hardest things for a politician to do (no jokes, please) is to stand up for his/her constituents when that means publicly standing up to the boss. Especially when that calls for putting political partisanship aside to support colleagues on the other side of the political divide because you think it’s the right …

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 …