What is Community Living Service Delivery?
Community Living Service Delivery (CLSD) is a branch of the Ministry of Social Services that works with people with intellectual disabilities and helps them access a variety of community-based services.
CLSD staff work to ensure that the physical, emotional, and social needs of people with intellectual disabilities are met and that they are able to live as independently as possible within their own communities.
How can we help?
To apply for services through CLSD, please contact the Community Living Service Delivery Office nearest you. Each person who meets CLSD eligibility requirements will be assigned a Community Services Worker who provides a broad range of support including:
- Individualized support, counselling, and crisis intervention
- Assessment of individual and family needs
- Development and support of Approved Private-Service Homes
- Family support services such as counselling, respite planning, and referrals
- Co-ordination of planning and services with individuals, families, CBOs, and other stakeholders
Funding for services is distributed based on urgency and priority of needs.
CLSD has partnerships with many service providers across the province that offer an array of housing and day program options. CLSD works closely with these partners to create and enhance programs and to connect people with services. Some options include:
- Approved Private Service Homes – provide a supportive family-living environment in a community setting. Residents have the opportunity to develop social and life skills.
- Group Homes – are staffed to provide personal care, supervision, and support for adults. They are located in residential neighbourhoods throughout the province.
- Group Living Homes – people share a group living home and are responsible for paying basic shelter costs. CLSD provides funding for support staff as needed.
- Supported Living Programs – provide adults living in their own homes with limited support and supervision so they can live as independently as possible.
- Day Programs – support people to participate in work and leisure activities and develop life skills. Programs include job training, supported employment opportunities, life skills development, socialization and recreation.
Outreach and Prevention Services
CLSD’s Outreach and Prevention Services unit supports people with complex or high needs. Our team of multi-disciplinary professionals offer a range of services to people and their care providers.
- individualized assessment and support to address any challenges
- resource development and capacity building through consultation, education and training
- collaboration with other stakeholders or service providers to support transition between services or homes
- crisis prevention and support services
Self-Directed Funding (SDF) is a funding option. It is not a type of service or a program. Rather, it is an option where funding is provided directly to adults with intellectual disabilities so they can have increased choice and control over the supports and services that best suit their needs.
A person can access SDF for housing supports, day programming, or both. The individual manages their own funding with the support of the representative(s) of their choice. With help from these supporters, individuals receiving SDF will identify their needs and develop a person-centred plan that describes how their needs can be met in the community.