I want to provide an update to address concerns about the Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) and Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) programs. While eligibility and funding have not changed for these programs, in late June I became aware of an increase in the wait-list that families and individuals were experiencing. As a result, I instructed the department to address this backlog, and as of this week I can report that it has been reduced by over 85% since July 1. The balance of requests will continue to be addressed. In addition, I have directed departmental staff to streamline our processes for families and for individuals to receive their service agreements and funding on a timelier basis.
I’d also like to give you an update regarding the PDD review. I want to once again thank the review panel and every Albertan who contributed to the successful review process. I have received the draft report and have been developing a thoughtful, comprehensive plan for next steps. In late July, I will be meeting with members of the review panel and announcing the government’s plan for continuing the work of improving the PDD program. I am also looking forward to sharing the review panel’s report with the public. Please stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.
I am deeply committed to working in partnership with you to improve the way our government supports Albertans. My department and I are always willing and eager to hear directly from individuals, families, advocacy groups, service providers, and anyone else who interacts with our department. We were elected in April 2019 to bring change to the way the government of Alberta addresses its challenges. I believe Albertans themselves have the best ideas for changes and improvements, and it is our responsibility as government to listen. If you have suggestions or concerns, I want to hear from you.
We will continue to monitor our programs and work together with individuals, families, staff and service providers to provide Albertans with the best services we can. Concerned families or clients are encouraged to bring their questions forward by phone 780-644-9955 (toll free at 310-0000) during regular business hours or by email at CSS.Minister@gov.ab.ca
I am deeply committed to working in partnership with you to improve the way our government supports Albertans. I thank you in advance for your contributions, and I look forward to hearing from you.