JULY 11, 2019
Correspondence from Vicki Bertoia, Director Disability Advisory & Engagement Branch acting for Roxanne Gerbrandt, Executive Director Disability Supports, while she is on vacation for the next couple of weeks July 9, 2019
I wanted to check in with you on the FSCD program and provide you an update on where things are at.
The FSCD program has received some inquiries from concerned Albertan’s about FSCD contracts, FSCD contract renewals and FSCD approval processes. You may have recently heard in your networks that some parents have been worried about ongoing timely access to Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) supports and services.
The FSCD program continues to work in partnership with eligible families of children with disabilities to help parents with supports, services, community activities and some of the extraordinary costs related to a child’s disability.
We would like to assure you that new service agreements and renewals for existing families continue to be approved. The ministry is closely monitoring and managing service requests based on current policies.
As is normal practice, departmental staff are prioritizing services for Albertans with the most critical and urgent needs.
FSCD workers are continuing to work with families and will make service recommendations to the Regional Disability Director.
We appreciate your patience as the department reviews and approves these requests during the weeks ahead. We are notifying families once decisions are made about service required.
Should families have any questions, we encourage them to contact their FSCD worker.
Please feel welcome to contact me if you have any questions Rhonda.
Vicki Bertoia, Director Disability Advisory & Engagement Branch Disabilities, Inclusion & Accessibility Division Department of Community & Social Services (Bus) 780-422-2726 (Cell) 780-920-6906
FEBRUARY 13, 2019
Communication from Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Program Review Secretariat Feb 13, 2019
As you may know, the PDD Review Panel undertook an engagement this fall and winter. The panel received thoughtful input from Albertans across the province, including self-advocates, individuals receiving PDD services, family members, service providers, advocacy groups and community disability workers and other interested Albertans.
The following is a summary of participation for the initial engagement period:
- 1,115 people attended community conversation sessions in St. Paul, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Calgary and Edmonton
- 1,163 people completed an online questionnaire
- 10 community organizations submitted input from self-facilitated discussions and 13 organizations gave presentations to the panel
- 84 individuals made submissions either in writing, video or art formats
The panel is currently reviewing and analyzing all of the feedback and submissions that were received. Once that is completed, they will provide an initial report to the Minister of Community and Social Services on what they heard during the engagement period. The panel will then submit a final report to the Minister that includes specific and actionable recommendations.
Stay tuned for further updates as the panel’s work continues.
Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Program Review Secretariat
JANUARY 2, 2019
CSS PDD Review
Brief overviews of the results of engagement sessions for the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) review. Each report includes information on the number of participants and key themes or issues heard by the appointed review panel during each session.
DECEMBER 10, 2018
Please take a minute and review Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) Submission to Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Program Review Panel Dec 2018. This submission is an excellent and thorough overview of key points for consideration. ALIGN Association encourage any FSCD members to also send in a submission if you are able to do so.
Rhonda Barraclough, ALIGN E.D. will be contacting Andrea Hesse the CEO from ACDS to consider jointly meeting with the advocate to discuss the services to people with disabilities and service providers.
More information is available at Advocate’s for Persons with Disabilities (http://www.Alberta.ca/apd)
This PDD Program Review Discussion Guide Fall 2018 is being used to assist in developing input to the panel.
To Rhonda Barraclough ALIGN E.D. re: PDD Program Review – Discussion Guide and Presentation Invitations Nov, 2018 (Read Below)
As you may be aware, the Minister of Community and Social Services has appointed a community-led panel to oversee the review of the Persons with Development Disabilities (PDD) program. The review panel will be seeking input from Albertans with developmental disabilities, their families and guardians and others involved in supporting their participation in the community about how PDD can support the personal choices, independence, priorities and needs of those who receive services through PDD.
The panel is focused on five topic areas in scope of the review:
· access to services and supports to meet individual needs and goals;
· a service delivery system that: responds to the needs of individuals and families;provides clear lines of accountability and oversight;
· training and supports to enable a skilled and well-trained workforce; and
· engagement with the disability community (i.e. individuals, families, guardians, service providers and workforce) at both the system and individual levels to provide clarity of purpose and outcomes.
ThisPDD Program Review Discussion Guide Fall 2018is being used to assist in developing input to the panel.
( PDD Review, Policies, Upcoming Listening Sessions)
ALIGN has been working with the regional directors and agencies to get some consistency in services delivery and contracting. FSCD children being in group care is also an area we are exploring to ensure that those children get the right services and the agencies are clear about the mandate with FSCD children and how to work with their families
Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Program Review
Today, the Minister of Community and Social Services announced the appointment of a community-led panel to oversee the review of the PDD program. The review panel will be seeking input from Albertans with developmental disabilities, their families and guardians and others involved in supporting their participation in the community about how PDD can support the personal choices, independence, priorities and needs of those who receive services through PDD
Letter from Community and Social Services Office of the Minister Ifran Sabir Oct 2, 2018
- Review topics
- Community engagement
- PDD Review panel members
- Pre-engagement summary
- Sign up for updates
FSCD Action Plan – In response to the concerns raised by parents about the FSCD program the Ministry of Community and Support Services (CSS) have changed our Specialized Services policy, Family Centred Supports and Services policy, FSCD Program Outcomes Policy and Overarching Policies and Considerations Policy to confirm that direct services to children are supported and parent involvement is not required in the delivery of specialized services.
In May 2018, Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) listening sessions were held in Edmonton and Calgary. This fall FSCD is hosting additional listening sessions to hear from you if what they heard in May is reflective of family’s concerns about FSCD specialized services; about the changes made in response; about communication between FSCD, parents and service providers; and how the FSCD Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) process can be more supportive to parents.
If you were not aware of the May listening sessions or the changes made in FSCD, please visit the FSCD website at http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/disability-services/15655.html. Here you will find a copy of the ‘What we Heard’ report as well as ‘tip sheets’ that provide updated and clarified information about FSCD specialized services. The ‘What we Heard’ report highlights the concerns parents raised and the government’s commitment to changes. You can also contact your FSCD worker or your regional office for more information about the policy updates and the practice shifts being made.
Autism Calgary FSCD Program To Realign with Legislation
In response to pressures from families and community groups, the Government of Alberta is committing to changing policy and practice to appropriately realign the Family Support for Disabilities program to legislation and to better serve individuals and famlies living with Autism and other disabilities…
Inclusion Alberta – An update on Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) July 3, 2018
Overview of changes happening immediately and changes happening later this year