Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities (STADD) offers Navigator services for transitioning youth and their families in 145 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.
Navigators help organize a youth’s transition planning team and develop a person-centered transition plan. STADD encourages and supports information-sharing between government and community resources, and leads the coordination of all involved.
Once you are deemed eligible for CLBC-services, you can request the services of a STADD Navigator or contact 1-855-356-5609 to self-refer.
To understand more about how a STADD Navigator can help with the transition to adulthood, two videos have been developed, and can be viewed at the links below:
- Looking to the future: STADD youth transition planning Courtenay
- Pursuing a dream: A transition journey in Surrey
- Click here for more information about STADD.
- Read the STADD Info Sheet for Youth and Families
What is the difference between CLBC and STADD?
STADD services cover the youth transition period from 16-24 years old and include a cross-government approach. CLBC provides specific supports to youth transitioning to adulthood, and can be life-long, beginning from age 19.
CLBC is one of the many cross-ministry supports that STADD Navigators help youth and their families connect with. Navigators also help youth and their families connect with other organizations, to see what supports they may be eligible for. Navigators work with the youth and their family to build a plan that is based on their goals, hopes, and aspirations for their future in adulthood.
STADD Navigator supports are currently available in 145 communities across B.C., including:
- Fraser: Surrey, White Rock, Delta, Langley, Burnaby/New Westminster, Abbotsford, Coquitlam, and other surrounding communities.
- Interior: Kamloops, Merritt, Oliver, Cranbrook, Williams Lake, and other surrounding communities.
- Island: Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Courtenay, and other surrounding communities.
- North: Prince George, Prince Rupert/Haida Gwaii, Smithers, Nechako Lakes, Fort St John and other surrounding communities.
STADD has moved to MCFD
As of April 2019, the STADD branch has moved to the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).
The work that STADD does is closely aligned with direction at MCFD and their focus around youth in transition. Youth transitions is an important focus for MCFD – and is included in their Minister’s Mandate letter as well as their Service Plan.
The movement of STADD from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction to MCFD does not affect the current Navigator roles at STADD. STADD continues to work in its communities as before – nothing has changed regarding the service of STADD.
STADD will continue to provide youth transition planning services for CLBC-eligible youth aged 16-24 years in the 145 communities that it is currently available in.