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Budget cuts at Community Living BC are forcing community-based operators to close group homes for adults with developmental disabilities, with disturbing reports of residents being forcibly moved or pressured against their wishes to leave their professionally-staffed homes for cheaper but inappropriate and/or unsafe home-sharing agreements. New applicants are being denied group home placements and forced into informal residential arrangements that may not be right for their needs.

CLBC and the Minister responsible, Rich Coleman, have failed in their duty to be honest and transparent about the changes underway. They have failed to demonstrate that appropriate safety measures are in place to assess and address the risks involved. And they have failed to respond to concerns raised repeatedly by the families of the highly vulnerable adults impacted by these changes. The public is being misled and families are being excluded from decisions and left in the dark, leading to growing alarm.

If done with appropriate controls and supports, less formal residential care arrangements such as home sharing can work well for some individuals. But such arrangements are inherently less stable and are not safe or appropriate for all adults with developmental disabilities. Further, CLBC has failed to demonstrate appropriate oversight mechanisms are in place to monitor home sharing arrangements to ensure the safety and wellbeing of individuals.

We the undersigned join with self-advocates, families, community leaders and service providers to call on CLBC and Minister Coleman to halt the current relocation program pending a transparent review that includes advice from families and self-advocates on an appropriate framework to ensure that all placement decisions are made with the welfare and safety of the individual as the paramount consideration.

Please visit the MOMS Web site at http://momsnetwork.ca for more information on this issue.

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  • 14 February 2016942. Jan S
    I support this petition
  • 13 February 2016941. Kelly C
    I support this petition
  • 12 February 2016940. Sheila P
    As you have done unto the least of these, you have done unto me...Jesus. I am not much of a christian but every faith group has the Golden Rule in some form or another and this is all we have to live by. The BC government was given the mandate to govern t
  • 06 February 2016939. Diana Todd
    I support this petition
  • 05 February 2016938. John G
    These cuts are hurting clients and their families, that much is certain.
  • 01 February 2016937. Ruth J
    Quote from John Ralston Saul:"I would say the most interesting forms of intelligence are capable of integrating ideas of tolerance and empathy--of imagining the other." People with disabilities are citizens deserving of friendship and belonging and inclus
  • 31 January 2016936. Alison W
    Supporting individuals with developmental disabilities
  • 29 January 2016935. Patricia Leeh
    This is totally unacceptable and I will remember this during the next election
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  • 24 January 2016933. Amy Kd
    stop hurting families!
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    There is absolutely no excuse for this heartless stealth policy.
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    This policy would be a disaster for many people who need consistent 24 hour care from people with whom they are familar. I am especially conerned for folks who have no family to advocate for them.
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  • 12 January 2016925. Nancy F
    This is unacceptable. Saving money at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens. Imagine being removed from your home and friends to go live with a stranger who is just tring to earn an extra buck or worse!
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    recall them all!!!
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    I am forced to care for a develpmentally disabled adult (28) who is unable to advocate on his onw behalf for a much needed assessment . \he also needs to learn to live independently and I cannot seem to get ommunity Services or anyone to help due to their
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