Thursday, September 15, 2011

A fine editorial in today's Times Colonist on the dreadful things happening to people with developmental disabilities in B.C. these days.
Government obviously hoped this announcement of "new" money - a third of it is money that was always supposed to go to Community Living B.C. but had been withheld by the province up until now - would make its critics ease up. That scares me, because it strikes me that government must genuinely have no idea of the scope of the problems in the way we're supporting British Columbians with mental handicaps these days.
Developmental disability is forever. Someone in the system obviously has to focus on cost efficiencies, but not to the point where the exhausted families and advocates of people who will need quality care and support for a lifetime are left to struggle for the most basic services.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Harry Bloy certainly has no clue of the scope of the problem.
While Rick Mowles may be aware he doesn't care. He has has established an ideology and corporate culture at CLBC that is only about cost cutting. He may quote 'better and innovative supports' in interviews but service providers have utilized the Home Share option since 2005. Ethical agencies examined this support model back then for people better suited to Home Share. As well, in September 2006, CLBC surveyed every family in the province who had a family member living in a group home. People living in group homes now, do so because this is the appropriate model for their needs, or they are happy with their personal supports.

I am so sick of watching or listening to Carla Thiesen lie through every interview.

Anonymous said...

so with you on this. currently home share providers are being under funded, asked to find volunteers to assist in aspects where paid supports used to be in place and are generally taken advantage of.
kindness mistaken for weakness by our government on those who care for individuals.....IT IS SICK...Harry Bloy stated in an email that 3.5 billion dollars has been spent in CLBC since 2005, well Mr. Bloy your government is spending more than that on your screwup of HST in less than 24 months. mmmm families first...i think not.

Anonymous said...

Community Living advocacy groups have joined hands to create the BC Community Living Action Group, and their website (hhttp://www.communitylivingaction.org) provides lots of material about the scope of the problem and what is needed to rectify it - at least $70 million immediately. Yesterday's announcement is a drop in the proverbial bucket.

Anonymous said...

Oops, that should be
http://www.communitylivingaction.org

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Finally the inept management of CLBC is becoming apparent to the public and Premier Clark.

As so often happens when caught out the response is to double down and make allegations that the other party, in this case Ridge Meadows Recycling, has breached employment standards. Maybe Mowles and Woolard will present proof along with the promised wait lists.

Time for Premier Clark to step in and bring social workers back into the system and get rid of all of the accountants and MBAs that now populate CLBC. These people have no knowledge of the needs of people with disabilities, nor do they care to. They make that quite obvious given recent interviews with families.