Dear CLBC eligible individuals and families –

I hope you are well and safe. I am writing to provide you with an update on our most recent work to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help keep families informed, we have now launched a CLBC COVID-19 weekly update. You can look here to see our first three editions. Please read the April 8th update to see a plain language recap of our Ministry’s announcement of provincial supports for people on income assistance, resources from the Cerebral Palsy Association and Autism Community Training (ACT) as well as stories of hope and encouragement.

Please note, that we will be holding another teleconference call with Minister Shane Simpson, Dr. Daniele Behn Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Officer, and CLBC CEO Ross Chilton on Friday, April 17, 2020, from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Details will be sent next week.

In these last weeks, some you have written to ask about what efforts are being made to work with service providers to ensure services are delivered in a safe manner. Our agencies are adopting recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer and adjusting services to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and to be prepared should any incidents arise. You can read the recommendations here.

It is our top priority to support agencies to make these adjustments, and we extend our deep appreciation to support workers who continue to provide care one-on-one, in group homes and in other settings during this time.

We are monitoring the needs of individuals, families, and service providers and working on supports, resources and contingency plans that will help everyone stay safe and supported as this situation evolves.

Please continue to check our web site for new messages and updates. Also, please join us on our next teleconference call.

Sincerely,

Ross Chilton
CEO, Community Living BC

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