ALIGN to Present at Child Intervention Review Panel. Member Submissions & Presentations Encouraged
May 10, 2017
Dear ALIGN Members,
Over the next few months we have an incredible opportunity to ensure that The Child Intervention Panel (currently tasked with reviewing and revising the current child welfare system in Alberta) are informed, encouraged, educated and influenced by agencies, educators and the families who receive service. ALIGN is preparing to make a presentation to the panel regarding the work that sector agencies do and the need for resourcing the valuable information agencies can contribute. We expect that they will be interested in hearing from various sectors such as group care, kinship and foster care.
The Panel members currently have a basic knowledge regarding intergenerational trauma, the CORE story, child development, and the importance of early intervention among other areas of importance. Over the next 2 months they have expressed interest in furthering their understanding and awareness in these and related areas. Your submissions and presentation will provide them further insights and assist them to better determine what they require additional information on.
It is likely that time lines for presentations will be very short; therefore, I would suggest that agencies collaborate if possible when making written submissions and include an offer to present if you feel it is appropriate. Share your thoughts with the panel
A few recommendations:
I highly encourage you to listen to the live stream audio segments of the child intervention panel. You can listen to them by going to Panel Meetings
- If there a group of you doing the same or similar work and you feel that the panel needs to know about it, do a joint submission.
- Don’t put too many issues into a submission. Try to keep it to one or two issues so that they can absorb the importance of your concern. Make separate submissions for each topic area you want them to hear about.
- Use the guideline on the website Share your thoughts with the panel
- If there is research that backs up your point, attach it to the submission but don’t send books. Find relevant adequate article and send the link to them if you can.
ALIGN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REQUEST
If you are sending in a submission or presentations, please submit a copy to me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can include it on our ALIGN Review Panel Page – this will assist members to avoid repetition. The panel is only sitting to August 1, 2017 so don’t delay – if you want to say something now is the time!
Thank you, if you have any questions or want any advice on this please don’t hesitate to email or call me
Executive Director ALIGN Association for Community Services
email@example.com 780 233.5459
For More Resources View ALIGN Review Panel Page
ALIGN Executive Director Update Re: Alberta Budget 2017
March 19, 2017
Last week the government announced Budget 2017. We have been capturing the relevant information for you and placing it on our website. There will be more analysis this week but we thought we would share what we have learned to date.
This budget for Children’s Services and Community and Support Services basically is a maintain status quo budget for both ministries. Any increases that are mentioned are to meet current needs. No increases or forecasted increases.
In Children’s Services most increases went to growth caseload areas; financial and support agreements and advancing futures bursary funds. The 60 FTE’s announced are to be put into the system in these growth areas. Exactly where is still to be determined.
Senior staff are optimistic that funds will come with future recommendations made by the Child Intervention Review Panel.
We have had conversations about procurement, contracts, and moving forward with the Minister and senior executives. With the splitting of the ministries it has been a bit confusing about who will address the procurement table recommendations. We have made it very clear that this activity needs to receive focus and cant wait for panels. We are assured that discussions are underway to figure out a way forward for services in child intervention.
We also feel it is very important that the Panel get an accurate picture of the entire system and recommendations for improvement. Please review the minutes and live casts. The meetings are open to the public. I would encourage you to attend or at least listen to it. If you feel an area needs to be highlighted please send in a submission. www.childinterventionpanel.ca
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email or call firstname.lastname@example.org 780 485-3580
Rhonda Barraclough ALIGN Executive Director March 19, 2017
ALIGN E.D. Correspondence – Alberta Community and Social Services Assistant Deputy Minister Announcement
(Correspondence To ALIGN Association April 12, 2017 from David Morhart Deputy Minister Alberta Community and Social Services)
It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of John Stinson as our new Assistant Deputy Minister for the Disability, Inclusion and Accessibility Division of Alberta Community and Social Services. This role provides the strategic oversight of the department’s disabilities support programs, including the statutory director responsibilities, and will work closely with the Service Delivery Portfolio on the provision of supports to Albertans across the province.
John comes from Manitoba with an extensive background in the public service, including roles as Chief Executive Officer of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, CEO of the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, Vice-President of Acute Care and Planning with South Eastman Health, as well as roles within Manitoba Health and Treasury Board Secretariat. John brings strong leadership skills in multi-stakeholder consensus building, strategic planning and community development. He has led and championed cultural change within and across organizations and brings an effective interpersonal style, including a great sense of humour, that embraces collaborative engagement of staff, colleagues and stakeholders.
John will begin his new role on May 23. In the interim, John Cabral will continue to cover in this role and will be key in transitioning the file on John S’s arrival.
Please join me in congratulating John S. in taking on this new role and in thanking John C. for his continued leadership before his transition back to Alberta Seniors and Housing.
David Morhart Deputy Minister Alberta Community and Social Services
See More Related to Ministry Transition
ALIGN Letter to The Honorable Joe Ceci Re RE: Contracted Sector for Children’s Services
On March 6, 2017 ALIGN Executive Director sent a letter to the Honorable Joe Ceci Minister of Finance & President of the Alberta Treasury Board regarding contracted sector.
Contracted Sector for Children’s Services Letter March 6, 2017
While FCSS funding has been substantially increased and that certainly helps, the funding for the agencies that provide services to the more vulnerable and those at risk of having their children enter care have not. These contracts have been stagnant for about 2 years or longer. We had been working with the Ministry of Human Services to find a way forward in the procurement activities to get to a better funding model and closer to true costs…
It is our request that you and the Ministers of Community and Social Services and Children’s Services consider a small injection of funds to at least bolster wages. There are many other areas like operating costs for example that need to be considered as well but at this moment the wages are paramount….
Alberta Child Welfare Class Action NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT APPROVAL
The Alberta government settling a class-action lawsuit involving people who were formerly in the provincial child intervention system in January 2016. Under the terms of the settlement, people who were previously under government guardianship, subject to a permanent ward ship order or permanent guardianship order by Alberta Child Welfare between July 1,1966 and February 19, 2008 or a temporary guardianship order by Alberta Child Welfare between July 1, 1985 and February 19, 2008 may be eligible for financial benefits. Human Services had requested that your organization post the notice within your premises, on your website and to share with your membership.
Notice of Deadline to Make A Claim January 15 2017
All Class Member claims under the Settlement Agreement must start with the making of an application to the Victims of Crime prior to January 15, 2017. Benefit amounts will be determined by Alberta’s Victims of Crime Regulation and depend on the type and severity of the injury, which can include physical and psychological harm.
For application forms and information on making a claim to the VOC, call: (780) 427-7217 or toll free at: 310-0000; or, email email@example.com; or visit www.victims.alberta.ca
Norm Welch Sr. Mngr Office of the Statutory Director Child & Family Services Division Alberta Human Services
Previously Related Correspondence The Alberta Child Welfare Class Action NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT APPROVAL All persons who suffered injuries before or during a time when they were subject to a permanent warship order or permanent guardianship order by Alberta Child Welfare between July 1, 1966 and February 19, 2008, or a temporary guardianship order by Alberta Child Welfare between July 1, 1985 and February 19, 2008.
ALIGN Executive Directors Update October 2016
ALIGN Executive Directors Update October 2016
This document was presented to the Board of Directors at our last Board meeting. It is a comprehensive review of the work we are doing at ALIGN. The Board requested that I forward it to the members as a good Executive Director Update. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact myself, Nicole and Cathy at anytime. We want our members to be informed.
Child and Youth Services (CYS) Contract Updates
Update – August 2016
First-quarter, sole-source government service contracts disclosed The Government of Alberta’s online database has been updated with service contracts awarded outside a formal competition process during the last fiscal quarter.
Procurement Advisory Table The Agency and Human Services Procurement Advisory Table (PAT) is intended to provide a platform for informal, focused dialogue between Human Services and a small group of leaders from the service provider sector about the ministry’s contracting and procurement practices. The PAT provides an opportunity to leverage the experience, ideas and influence of these sector leaders on the design and implementation of future-state contracting strategies or approaches. The development of these strategies will align with Human Services’ goal of integrated service delivery, and support service delivery partnerships that are efficient, effective and achieve the outcomes Albertans need and expect.
Terms of Reference
Update CYS and the Service Delivery Regions – Where Things Are At June 2016
Edmonton and Calgary either have or will be raising the following issues with ALIGN
Child and Youth Services (CYS) Contract Templates: Summary of April 21, 2016 Discussion (ALIGN and Human Services) and Recommendations
Innovations in Outcome Based Service Deliver in Calgary, Alberta February 2015 by Susan Gardiner, Bruce MacLaurin and Jon Reeves