What this page says
- It is important to start preparing for the change to adulthood before you turn 19.
- This is called “transition planning” and can begin when you are 16.
- This process has three key steps:
- Show that you are eligible for CLBC supports
- Learn about CLBC and tell CLBC about your support needs
- Develop a plan for adult life that may include CLBC services
Becoming an adult is an important, exciting, and sometimes challenging time for youth and their families. When youth have special needs, it is important and necessary to prepare for this change.
CLBC calls this process transition planning. Transition planning includes accessing informal community supports and developing support networks. For some youth, transition planning also includes applying for CLBC adult services. CLBC provides a range of community living supports and services to eligible adults once they turn 19 to assist them to live as fully and independently as possible in the community.
CLBC works in collaboration with youth and their families and other government organizations and ministries to support youth transitioning to adulthood. There are many opportunities, supports and services that youth and their families will learn about which may be appropriate or needed for adult life.
When should I start transition planning with CLBC?
Transition planning with CLBC should start after your 16th birthday. It is best to begin the first step once you turn 16 because it sometimes takes several weeks or even months to get all the required documents to CLBC.
If you are accessing Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) supports and services, once you turn 14, your MCFD worker can provide assistance to you and your family for transition planning and applying for adult services, which can include CLBC services.
What are the steps in the transition planning process?
Preparing to access CLBC supports has three key steps.
Step 1: Show that you are eligible for CLBC adult services
After your 16 birthday, you and your family can apply to CLBC for support.
- CLBC has two sets of criteria for eligibility. To be eligible, you must meet the criteria for either a developmental disability or the Personalized Supports Initiative. CLBC requires specific documentation for eligibility. Visit the Am I Eligible for CLBC Support? page to learn if you may be eligible, and find out what documents are needed. (To receive CLBC services, you must be 19 years of age or older, but eligibility can be confirmed after your 16th birthday.)
- After all required documents for eligibility have been sent to CLBC, a facilitator will review the documents and contact you to tell you if you are eligible for CLBC adult services or to let you know if further information is needed.
Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities (STADD) offers Navigator services for transitioning youth and their families in 103 communities across B.C. If you live in one of these communities, you can request the services of a STADD Navigator once you have been confirmed as eligible for CLBC services. Learn more about STADD Navigators.
Step 2: Learn about CLBC and tell CLBC about you support needs
After your 17th birthday, you and your family members will need to:
- Meet with a CLBC facilitator who can provide information about the types of CLBC funded services and funding options
- Learn about CLBC processes (including processes for requesting services and planning)
At this stage, you will provide information to the CLBC facilitator about your circumstances and the kind of support that you may need when you are an adult.
The facilitator will record this information and submit a Request for Services for CLBC funded services for in the future (for when the youth is an adult). Please see Information for Families on Requesting CLBC Services.
Step 3: Develop a plan for adult life which may include CLBC funded services
After your 18th birthday, you and your family members may need to:
- Meet with a CLBC facilitator who can provide information about planning and explain when an Individual Support Plan is required for CLBC funded services. Please see the Information for Families about Planning Information Sheet
- Develop a plan for adult life which may include CLBC funded services
Starting this process early is a good idea. CLBC would like to confirm eligibility for youth transitioning to adulthood as soon after their 16th birthday as possible.
The ages provided above are suggested guidelines but sometimes people do not start the process until later. Once you begin the process, a CLBC facilitator can provide you with information about the next steps that are needed for your situation.
Service to Adults with Developmental Disabilities (STADD)
Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities (STADD) offers Navigator services for transitioning youth and their families in 103 communities across B.C. Navigators act as the primary point of contact for individuals in coordinating transition planning and access to supports and services through the transition period of 16-24 years old.
How does CLBC collaborate with other government services?
CLBC works in collaboration with youth, their families and other government organizations and ministries to support youth transition. The Cross Ministry Transition Planning Protocol for Youth with Special Needs describes how youth and their families and the nine government organizations work together.
The protocol outlines the components of a transition planning process that starts by age 14 and identifies the Roles and Tasks for Transition Planning Team Members.
Visit the Other Government Supports page to learn about other government support, including with the transition planning process