This page contains a list of adult service providers for individuals eligible for adult support services through Community Living BC (CLBC), as well as personnel and agencies that may assist transition. For CLBC purposes, people who qualify for supports under their “Developmental Disabilities” stream must have a diagnosed intellectual disability.
Community Living BC (CLBC)
CLBC is a government agency that provides funding to service providers that support adults with developmental disabilities with daily living and community inclusion. CLBC Facilitators connect with individuals and their families to determine and request the support services required. These supports include the following.
- Community Inclusion Support: CLBC facilitators can help you explore ways to get involved in your community. There are four types of community inclusion support: Employment, Skill Development, Community-based and Home-based Support.
- Employment Support: When people request CLBC supports, or change existing supports, a CLBC facilitator will talk about options to help find employment. This could include services through WorkBC.
- Residential Supports: CLBC funds different types of residential support called supported living, shared living and staffed residential that provide support where people live.
- Behavioural Support: Behaviour support addresses behaviours by working with a person and those around them to replace the behaviour with positive social or communication skills.
- Respite for Families: Respite support provides time when family member’s needs will be met, by allowing family members to use that time for themselves as they choose.
- Provincial Assessment Centre: The Provincial Assessment Centre is a part of Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) and is designated as a tertiary care mental health service under the Mental Health Act. PAC is mandated to provide multi-disciplinary mental health services for referred individuals ages 14 and up with a developmental disability and a concurrent mental illness, or behavior issue.
- CLBC Personalized Supports Initiative (PSI): The CLBC PSI is separate from services for adults with developmental disabilities and provides services to adults who have both significant limitations in adaptive functioning and either a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The PSI provides an individualized and personalized approach to meeting the needs of eligible adults by coordinating existing community supports to help people to maintain or increase their independence. PSI augments, rather than replaces, existing support. Where necessary, PSI will provide funding for supports such as supported living, respite, employment support, skill development, homemaker support, and development of support networks.
Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities (STADD)
STADD encourages, supports, and coordinates information-sharing between government and community resources. STADD is a partnership among:
- Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)
- Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (SDPR)
- Schools and school district
- Delegated Aboriginal Agencies (DAAs)
- Community Living BC (CLBC)
- WorkBC Employment Service Centres
- Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (AEST)
- Health Authorities
- Public Guardian and Trustee
- Other community organizations
STADD offers Navigator services and supports for transitioning youth and their families. Navigators help organize a youth’s transition planning team and develops a person-centred transition plan. Navigators function 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 and are a single point of contact for the individual and their families in finding supports and accessing supports.
Youth that are deemed eligible for CLBC services in adulthood may apply to have a STADD Navigator. They may request the services of a STADD Navigator through CLBC or contact 1-855-356-5609 to self-refer.
For additional information regarding STADD Navigators, see HERE.
The At-Home Program (AHP)
The AHP is designed to support children and teens with a severe disability or complex health care needs.
AHP Medical Benefits program provides a range of basic, medically necessary items and services; however, all AHP Medical Benefits come to an end on the last day of the month of a youth’s 18th birthday. PharmaCare benefits provided through AHP Medical Benefits also end on the last day of the month of the youth’s 18th birthday.
Young people with disabilities who are 18 years of age or older may qualify for adult disability assistance, including financial and supplementary health assistance, through the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (SDPR). The application process for these services should begin six months before their 18th birthday.
Young people enrolled in AHP Medical Benefits have access to a streamlined application process for disability assistance made available through SDPR. For more information on the application process, please visit the SDPR website: 17 Year Old Disability Assistance Applicants.
See the At-Home Info Sheet and At-Home Program website for more information.
Nursing Support Services
Nursing Support Services (NSS) assists parents and caregivers of children and youth (0-19) with medical complexities to lead active, healthy lives in their communities.
NSS provides in-home respite care for children who may:
- have a tracheostomy
- require supported ventilation (ventilator, BiPAP, CPAP)
- have a life-limiting/palliative diagnosis
- require peritoneal dialysis
- have other conditions that require the support of a registered nurse
Health Services for Community Living (HSCL)
HSCL supports medical needs of individuals in adulthood and is connected to the individual and their families through CLBC. Other health benefits also come from Persons with Disabilities Benefits (PWD).