The Welcome and Planning Process

What this page says

  • Your CLBC facilitator will set up a meeting to tell you about CLBC.
  • Your facilitator will take time to get to know you, your strengths, interests, and needs.
  • Your facilitator can help you plan or connect you to other planning support available outside CLBC.
  • Your facilitator can also help you connect to other ministries if necessary

There is a lot to read and understand when you become eligible for CLBC supports. It can be overwhelming. As a first step, CLBC staff work hard to provide information in a way that is easy to understand, to answer your questions and to build a positive relationship with you.

NOTE: CLBC will launch a new process to welcome and plan with individuals in Fall 2018. This will include workshops that help you understand what to expect, the supports, services, and opportunities through CLBC and in your community, and how CLBC makes decisions about services. Read about the planning project.

The current orientation process

Once you have been confirmed to be eligible, a CLBC facilitator will meet with you to provide information about CLBC. This can happen in a variety of ways, but generally starts with you receiving a Welcome Package that will include a Welcome Brochure, Family Fact Sheets and other information. The facilitator will explain CLBC’s role in supporting you or your family member, the planning process, how to tap into existing community services and the process for getting CLBC services.

You can find printable versions of CLBC’s current Welcome Information here.

The current planning process

You may or may not have a clear idea of the supports that exist in your community, or can be provided by CLBC, that would be a benefit to you or your family member. There are a wide range of existing provincial and community programs, for example, that can support individuals with developmental disabilities to expand personal skills and interests, participate in social clubs and build community friendships and even attend college or university. At the same time, there are range of CLBC services that may be available to support your goals, depending on disability-related needs and available funding.

CLBC encourages everyone to start by thinking about what you need to have a good life in your community.

Planning with CLBC can :

  • Help you to better prepare for life transitions and consider next steps
  • Help CLBC to better understand your strengths and needs so they can assist you with support options
  • Better coordinate a person’s life with “important others”
  • To the greatest extent possible, create effective contingency plans to anticipate and address life’s transition points and to deal with the unexpected.

Working together

Facilitators try to learn from you and respect your knowledge and expertise. They work in collaboration with you to explore opportunities to help individuals achieve greater control in their lives. They want to create a team approach rather than a “doing for you” approach. They will work with you to plan in ways that can include connecting to community and requesting CLBC-funded services that best match your strengths, interests, and needs.

Supporting individuals with multiple needs

In some cases, the people CLBC supports also have significant health and/or or other support needs. In such cases, your CLBC facilitator will work with you to identify those needs, and work with Ministry of Health / regional Health Authorities, or other relevant ministries, to help coordinate supports. Every circumstance is unique, so your facilitator will help find and explain the best approach for you.

Learn more about planning