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BC-CLAG Press releases, advisories and materials

Community Living Action Group (BC-CLAG) renews call for public inquiry into CLBC

For immediate release: July 9, 2012

Community Living advocates are renewing their call for a full public inquiry into chronic problems in BC’s system of community living supports for adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

The BC-Community Living Action Group (BC-CLAG), which represents a wide range of provincial stakeholders, says government has a responsibility to get to the bottom of the problems plaguing Community Living BC.

University of Victoria Professor Michael Prince, a BC-CLAG partner, addressed the rationale and proposed mandate for a public inquiry in a background paper released this week.

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Core values lost, CLBC Board admits: time to listen to stakeholders

For immediate release: November 18, 2011

In an interim report released today, the Board of Community Living BC (CLBC) reiterated that the organization has “lost sight of its core values,” yet offers few concrete solutions to fix the systemic problems and lack of supports and services for adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

“The interim report released today validates what B.C. Community Living Action Group partners have been saying for months: CLBC has lost its way. The Minister also says that adults with disabilities should be returned to the centre of decision-making, which is encouraging,” says BC-CLAG partner Faith Bodnar. “So now is the time for community living partners to be fully heard. The government must implement the sector’s unanimous recommendations to properly address the crisis in community living.”

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Public inquiry needed to look into Community Living BC

Editorial by Michael Prince,  on behalf of the BC-CLAG
Special to the Vancouver Sun, November 2, 2011

In recent weeks, British Columbia’s Crown agency responsible for delivering services to adults with developmental disabilities and their families has devolved into an undeniable state of crisis.

The crisis now rocking Community Living BC is beyond damage control. It was initially powered by repeated denials at administrative and political levels regarding the reality of program cuts, group home closures and out-of-control wait-lists. More recently, questionable financial and administrative practices at CLBC have surfaced. There are also disturbing allegations of conflict of interest, and even abuse faced by individuals in care. Meanwhile, the home sharing arrangements pushed by CLBC due to their cost effectiveness desperately require regulation and standards of practice given the total lack of oversight for this type of care.

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CLBC waitlist figures unreliable says stakeholder group

BC-CLAG urges external review of CLBC’s mandate and operations

For immediate release: October 6, 2011 – Statistics showing how many people with developmental disabilities are waiting for services across British Columbia are unreliable and misleading, says the BC Community Living Action Group (BC-CLAG), which is calling on the government to conduct an external review of CLBC’s mandate and operations.

“We have very little confidence in the waitlist numbers. They misrepresent the scope, scale and severity of the community living crisis affecting vulnerable adults and their families,” says BC-CLAG partner Faith Bodnar. “Restoring faith in the community living support system should begin with an acknowledgement of the scope of the problem,” adds Bodnar.

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BC CLAG Media contact – email: communitylivingaction [at] gmail [dot] com

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