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Community Living BC (CLBC), a provincial crown agency mandated under the Community Living Authority Act, delivers supports and services to adults with developmental disabilities and their families in British Columbia. CLBC is working to create communities where people with developmental disabilities have more choices about how they live, work and contribute.
CLBC funds supports and services to help adults with developmental disabilities and their families achieve their goals and live the life they want. CLBC funded supports are delivered through service agencies and help eligible adults meet their disability related needs and participate in meaningful ways in the community.
CLBC funded supports can include:
Helping to find housing options that encourage independence while meeting an individuals’ unique needs
Connections with community services to support individuals, families or caregivers
Community inclusion supports that focus on employment, social and life skills
What is the Personalized Supports Initiative (PSI)?
CLBC introduced the Personalized Supports Initiative (PSI) in February 2010 to provide supports which are separate from the CLBC services for people with developmental disabilities. The PSI 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). ASD is also known as Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).
Types of Support
Support for Individuals and Families
Youth in Transition
For youth with special needs and their families transition refers to the move from childhood to adult life. To create a smooth transition from childhood to adult life families need to begin transition planning long before a youth turns 19.
Individualized Funding (IF) provides individuals and families with flexible, person-centred, self-directed payment options for arranging, managing, and paying for supports and services.
444 Ellis Street Penticton BC V2A 4M2
North Okanagan Youth and Family Services (NOYFSS) is a registered, non-profit, charitable organization that has been serving families of the North Okanagan since 1974.
NOYFSS provides counselling and support services to individuals and families in our community through a variety of community based and residential programs FREE OF CHARGE. We are wheelchair accessible, and are a certified AMSSA Safe Harbour location. NOYFSS is committed to removing barriers for individuals with (and not limited to) physical/mental/developmental exceptionalities, sensory problems (i.e. visual, auditory, etc.), poverty and language/cultural needs. We are also a nut and fragrance free facility.
It is the mission of NOYFSS to serve our community by providing a broad range of programs which promote, nurture and protect the healthy development of our children, youth and their families.
3100 – 32nd Avenue Vernon BC V1T 2L9
The Achievers Program is a unique recreation and social program that provides community integration to school-aged children with disabilities. Children participate in social and recreational activities. Each child has an individual goal plan that is developed with our professional staff and parents, working towards independence and a lifetime of activity and community involvement.
3300 – 37th Avenue Vernon BC V1T2Y5
The Stepping Stones Counselling Group is a team of specialized therapists, social workers and practitioners. We are dedicated to providing nurturing , creative and flexible healing environments and experiences. We provide services to children of all ages, teens, adults, couples and families throughout the Okanagan region.
1893 Ethel St. Kelowna BC V1Y 2Z3
#203/204 – 2411 Hwy 6 Park Plaza Vernon BC
101 – 3590 Airport Road Penticton BC