The Province is piloting a new service approach for children and youth with support needs and their families in four communities starting in 2023.
These communities are Kelowna, Prince Rupert, Terrace and Smithers.
The Province has paused the rollout of a plan to establish a provincial network of family connection centres, with the exception of four pilots.
The service approach that is being piloted will be evaluated and this time will be used to allow for deeper engagement with all partners to build a better system of services for all children and youth with support that needs that is co-developed with Indigenous communities.
Pilot family connections centres (FCCs) are operated by contracted community organizations in four centres. FCCs deliver a range of voluntary services, delivered by multidisciplinary teams including speech therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and behavioural analysts and consultants that can be accessed by children, youth and families without the involvement of the Ministry of Children and Family Development or ministry staff.
These pilot centres will open in Kelowna, Prince Rupert, Terrace, and Smithers.
The community agencies that will be delivering services in the four pilot areas are:
The Province is collecting feedback as part of its overall work to design an effective system of services for children and youth with support needs.
This engagement will be inclusive of families, service providers, advocates, experts, those with lived experience, First Nations, and Indigenous Peoples.
We applaud the province in opening up the ability for stakeholders to be heard and encourage all to contribute.
It is crucial that your voice and suggestions on a new framework are heard. We need to hold the government accountable to truly engage and listen to all stakeholders.
Share your perspective and experiences by clicking the link below:
Children's Autism Federation of BC is looking for feedback from families that are in the Family Connection Centre pilot locations. Scroll below to find out if you are in one of these locations.
This information will assist us in future advocacy to ensure children who choose to attend a centre, get the supports and services they require.
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