Community Living BC (CLBC) was established in 2005 as a Crown corporation to provide disability-related services and supports for adults with developmental disabilities.
The total operating budget for CLBC in 2017-18 will be $953.8 million, which includes an increase in provincial funding of $58 million.
About 93% of CLBC’s budget goes directly to services and supports for individuals and families.
- As of Dec. 31, 2016, CLBC supported about 19,757 individuals with developmental disabilities.
- This includes 1,369 individuals through the Personalized Supports Initiative (PSI) for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or autism who also have significant limitations in adaptive functioning.
- Services provided:
- Community inclusion
- Staffed residential homes
- Supported living
- Shared living
- Employment supports
- Specialized behavioural and mental health services
- In 2013, CLBC launched a plan to increase employment so that more people CLBC serves who want to work, can.
- The Community Action Employment Plan (CAEP) reflects input from hundreds of people throughout B.C. who are working together to increase employment for the people CLBC serves. The plan incorporates the work already done on employment in B.C. and identifies new ways to move forward more collectively and cohesively.
- Between March 2013 and March 2016, the number of people CLBC serves reporting income grew from 2,200 to 4,000. Moving forward, CLBC has set a new three-year goal to assist an additional 1,000 people to access employment, for a total of 5,000 by 2019.
Youth transitioning to CLBC
- CLBC offers planning supports to all families with transitioning youth who are eligible for CLBC services due to a developmental disability.
- CLBC begins planning with families as early as the young person's 16th birthday and works with the youth, families and care providers to plan for transition to adulthood and access of services and supports for adults.
- This year, more than 900 young people are expected to transition to CLBC’s adult services, many of whom had been receiving government services for children and youth with special needs.
- A minimum of $2,800 annually for respite or other services is available for all families with transitioning youth living at home. Many youth with will receive additional services depending on their support requirements and family situations.
- To help make the transition to adulthood easier, CLBC is participating in a multi-ministry innovation – Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities program, or STADD – in a number of communities, including:
- Surrey, White Rock, Delta and Langley in the South Fraser Region
- Prince George, Mackenzie, McBride, Valemount, Prince Rupert, Stellat’en, Nautley, Fort St. John, Hudson Hope and Haida Gwaii in the North
- Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Kamloops, Merritt, Princeton, Keremeos, Oliver, Osoyoos, Cranbrook, Kimberely and Creston in the Interior
- Nanaimo and Courteny on Vancouver Island, and
- In 2017, the program will expand further into the Fraser region.
- Since being introduced in 2013, STADD has provided support for approximately 890 individuals and families:
- STADD navigators help youth and their families in planning and accessing services and supports as the individual transitions to adulthood.
- Navigators bring together a team of people to support the youth. The team may include family, trusted friends, teachers, social workers, health professionals and employment counsellors.
- STADD engages with over 350 service partners in assisting successful youth transition planning and services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Partner organizations include the Ministries of Children and Family Development, Health, Education, and Community Living BC as well as Delegated Aboriginal Agencies, School Districts, and Health Authorities.
For more information on CLBC, visit: communitylivingbc.ca