Children and Family Development Minister Stan Hagen has been the source of much hot and bother amongst some community living advocates this week. The reason: on Monday, his ministry quietly announced Community Living British Columbia will continue providing services for all special needs children. Under an earlier memorandum of understanding, those services had been temporarily transferred to the authority. But they were supposed to be handed back to the ministry in July - something that now won't be happening. Letters of protest have been sent to Minister Hagen, arguing that the decision goes against the Gove inquiry's recommendation "to bring all provincial child welfare responsibilities together into one provincial authority" - rather than a "fragmented" approach relying on inter-ministerial cooperation. And there seems to be concern about whether Community Living British Columbia is capable of delivering those services on a long-term basis - which might explain why the independent authority will soon be launching a branding campaign to increase "respect for and confidence in CLBC."
April 12, 2006