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2013.01  Uninterrupted Services for Disabled Youth to Adult Services


Whereas, When disabled youth reach the age of 19 they are no longer eligible to receive services from the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and

Whereas, For continuation of support programs designed to enhance life skills, create social connections, and encourage community involvement, disabled youth are placed on a request for services list through Community Living BC, and

Whereas, Canada has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, therefore be it

Resolved,  That the BC & Yukon Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada in 66th annual convention assembled strongly urge the Government of British Columbia  to automatically transfer without interruption, all existing services provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development to Community Living BC when disabled youth reach the age of 19.  











BRIEF:   Resolution 2013.01     Uninterrupted Services for Disabled Youth to Adult Services

The Ministry of Children and Family Development recognizes and values children with special needs and does recognize that support and full participation in community life is important.  Therefore they  provide services and supports in partnership with the Ministries of Health and Education, and regional and community agencies throughout the province until the age of 19. (Ministry of Children and Family Development, Children and Youth with Special Needs).


When disabled youth reach the age of 19, they are transferred from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to Community Living BC and are not automatically guaranteed continuation of their existing services and supports and may be put on a request for services waitlist. (Hansard).  Support may consist of additional educational, medical/health and social/environmental support.  (Ministry of Children and Family Development, Children and Youth with Special Needs).


Co-led by the Ministry of Housing and Social Development, Ministry of Children and Family Development  and Community Living BC, the province of British Columbia established the “Cross Ministry Transition Planning Protocol for Youth with Special Needs”, in November, 2009 to help transition disabled youth and their families into adult services (Ministry of Children & Family Development 2009).


  1. Community Living BC, a provincial crown agency mandated under the Community Living Authority Act,
  1. and the responsibility of the Ministry of  Social Development (Community Living BC)  delivers supports
  1. and services to adults with developmental disabilities and their families in British Columbia (Community Living BC Aug. 2011).   In BC approximately 600 youth with developmental disabilities turn 19 each year; (Community Living BC 2012).  “…Community Living BC itself has not been able to match the level of services many families receive from the children’s service system.” (Community Living BC Nov. 2011).

In a unique historic moment Canada was one of the first countries to originally sign the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which recommends that “Persons with disabilities have access to a range of in-home, residential and other community support services, including personal assistance necessary to support living and inclusion in the community, and to prevent isolation or segregation from the community;” (United Nations).   It was supported by all the provinces and territories. (Government of Canada).

Successful transition of existing services is achievable.  Currently disabled children who require specialized medical equipment and supplies and who are supported by the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s At Home Program are successfully transitioned without interruption to the Ministry of Social Development and Health on the last day of the month of the youth’s 18th birthday. (Ministry of Children and Family Development 2010).  Therefore, we urge the government to ensure that ALL existing services being provided to disabled youth continue to be provided once they reach adulthood, in keeping with Canada’s support of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


WORKS CITED:


Community Living B.C.

http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/about/overview/

http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/about/governance

http://communitylivingbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/CLBC_Requests_for _Service.pdf


Government of British Columbia, Children and Youth with Special Needs, Transitioning, into Adulthood,

Cross Ministry Transition Planning Protocol for Youth with Special Needs (page 5).

http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/spec_needs/pdf/transition_planning_protocol.pdf


Government of British Columbia, Children and Youth with Special Needs, Transitioning, into Adulthood, Questions and answers (page 2)

http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/spec_needs/pdf/qa_ytpp.pdf


Government of Canada, Canada News Centre, Canada Ratifies UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, March 11, 2010.

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?nid=517849

Hansard: 2011 Legislative Session: Third Session, 39th Parliament http://www.leg.bc.ca/hansard/39th3rd/h10518p.htm#7159

http://www.leg.bc.ca/cmt/39thparl/session-4/fgs/hansard/N1014am-57.pdf

Ministry of Children and Family At Home Program (page 4)

http://www.mcf.bc.ca/at_home/pdf/ahp_guide.pdf

Ministry of Children & Family Development, Children and Youth with Special Needs.

http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/spe_needs/indew.hm


Ministry of Housing and Social Development , disability strategy

http://www.hsd.gov.bc.ca/disability_strategy.htm

Ministry of Social Development, Community Living Interim report Nov 2011(page 6)

http://www.sd.gov.bc.ca/pwd/docs/clbc-interim-report.pdf

Ministry of Social Development, Deputy Minister Report - December 2011(pages 16-18)

http://www.sd.gov.bc.ca/pwd/docs/Improving_Services_to_People_with_Developmental_Disabilities_Report_FINAL.pdf

Newswire, search-Community Living Action Group   

http://www.newswire.ca

United Nations

 http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/convention/convoptprot-e.pdf


ACTION PLAN:

Write letters to the premier, minister of Housing and Social Development, minister of Finance, with copies to your local member of parliament urging the provincial government to provide uninterrupted services for disabled Youth transitioning to Adult Services.

Educate members on the challenges of disabled youth and their families when transitioning to Adult Services.

Support local disabled transitioning youth and their families in the transitioning process.

Become a member of the local Association for Community Living.


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