An Overview: Community Living BC

A vision for good lives in welcoming communities

Community Living BC was established on July 1, 2005 by the Community Living Authority Act with a mandate to provide person-centred supports to people with developmental disabilities. Today CLBC funds, administers and monitors services which meet the disability related needs of two groups of eligible individuals. As of March 31, 2015, this included:

  • 16,774 adults who have a developmental disability.
  • 923 adults who have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and significant limitations in adaptive functioning.

CLBC funds services through a network of service providers and via individualized funding (directly to families) usually where families manage funds on behalf of their loved ones.

How individuals and families connect with CLBC

Families can contact the CLBC office for their area as soon as their loved ones turn 16 to begin planning for transition at 19, when they become eligible for adult services – or at any time during their adult life. A CLBC Facilitator will work directly with people to learn about their needs by gathering information, supporting planning, identifying services and finding resources in the community.

Families may receive services through contracts with service providers or directly through one of several individual funding options, including directly managing funds, receiving funds in a microboard or having the funds and services managed through host agencies.

Safeguards

CLBC promotes a range of safeguards to help ensure the well-being of the people we serve. Examples include licensing, accreditation and safety standard requirements for contracted service providers; periodic internal and external reviews; ongoing monitoring of services, and; the CLBC complaints resolution process. As a designated agency under the Adult Guardianship Act, CLBC also responds to allegations of abuse and neglect towards adults with developmental disabilities.

Support services

Employment

CLBC contracts with agencies to provide employment services to help people find and keep work. Since 2012, through the Community Action Employment Plan CLBC works with individuals, families, community groups, schools, contracted service providers and government agencies to increase jobs for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Residential supports

The types of support provided depends upon each individual’s needs, support preferences and availability, and preferred home environment. Residential supports include:

  • Supported Living – Assistance for people living independently in the community who own, lease or rent their own homes.
  • Shared Living – Where a person shares a home with a contracted service provider who provides ongoing support. The person we serve will either live in the contractor’s home or a contractor will live in the person’s home.
  • Staffed Residential – 24-hour support for daily living to a person or group by a team of staff.

Community inclusion

CLBC provides funding to assist individuals to pursue personal goals that lead to better quality of life, participation in their communities and full citizenship. These services include employment, skill development, community and home-based services.

Respite

Respite provides families with a break from the challenges of caregiving. Families can use respite services in the manner that best suits their own circumstances.

Specialized behavioural and mental health services

CLBC operates the Provincial Assessment Centre, a 10-bed mental health assessment and treatment centre in Burnaby serving individuals over 14 who have a developmental disability and a mental health issue. Services include assessment and short-term treatment.

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