British Columbia

Troubled B.C. agency gets $18M boost

The B.C. government has announced a major cash infusion into services for adults with developmental disabilities.

Community Living BC gets extra funding after revamp

The B.C. government is pouring another $18 million into the Crown agency that provides services for adults with developmental disabilities.

Premier Christy Clark said the money for Community Living B.C. will be used to handle an increased caseload involving 13,000 clients and to create employment programs.

Another $22 million is also being devoted to services for developmentally disabled people, but not directly to CLBC, with $10 million will go to the ministry of social development budget and $12 million into government contingencies.

Social Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux said she's confident the changes will improve the lives of families and individuals.

Cadieux said families were confused about accessing services and the ministries involved weren't working well together.

In addition to the extra funding, the government says it will work to streamline and integrate services, give families a bigger role in planning care for loved ones, and provide an appeal process.

The changes come after a government review of Community Living sparked by cost-saving measures in which group homes were closed or people lost services that were provided by the agency.

The contract of CEO Rick Mowles was abruptly terminated in October.

With files from the CBC's Jeff Davies