Valley View Centre (VVC) Transition Progress Summary
(as of summer 2017)
Current Number of Residents
|Number of transitions to date
|At the beginning of the 2017-18 fiscal year (April 2017), 115 individuals were still living at VVC. It is anticipated that over 50 individuals will move to their new homes during this fiscal year.
Government has committed to a person-centred planning process and works collaboratively with individuals experiencing intellectual disability, their families and communities to ensure successful transitions into the community. This process takes a lot of time and brings very positive results. Because of this, the original closure date has been extended to December 2019 to make sure that each and every VVC resident has the supports and services they need to live happy, healthy lives in the community of their choice.
Although the pace of the transitions has not met the original project timeline, residents, families and advocates have expressed their appreciation for the level of care and commitment to the specific needs of each individual. This was noted in the initial findings of a VVC transition evaluation that was initiated by the Ministry of Social Services in 2016.
Not all people who have or will transition from VVC will live in brand new group homes. To date, four people have moved to long-term care, 15 to available spaces in community-based organization programs and two have moved out of province based on their person-centred planning. At least four more individuals are expected to access other resources.
Former Valley View residents have transitioned to a variety of Saskatchewan communities including:
- Moose Jaw;
- Prince Albert;
- Swift Current;
- Warman; and
At the beginning of the 2017-18 fiscal year, Government purchased 30 properties to serve as supports for Valley View residents. These homes are at various stages of completion. Purchases, renovation and construction of capital projects are being managed through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) and the Living Skies Housing Authority.
About the Transition Steering Committee
The VVC steering committee was formed as a way for a team of the Ministry and stakeholders to provide oversight to the process of closing Valley View Centre and transitioning residents into the community. The team is a unique partnership between:
- families – through the VVC Family Group leadership;
- advocates – through the Saskatchewan Association of Community Living; and
- Valley View Centre/Ministry of Social Services – through staff and management from Community Living Service Delivery.