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