Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD) was launched in September 2013 to support schools and community partners in working together to identify needs, plan, and deliver supports and services so that children and youth experience success in school and in their communities (2014-15 Operational Guidelines, p. 4). The new model focuses on helping all partners improve their ability to work collaboratively to recognize and support identified regional needs. Planning has been occurring since October 2012 for transitioning to the new RCSD model. Services from the former Student Health Partnership (SHP), Children and Youth with Complex Needs (CYCN) , and REACH have been amalgamated under the RCSD umbrella.
SW Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD) is one of 17 tri-ministry regions across the province to provide supports and services to children, youth, and their families. Each region has both a Leadership Team and an Executive Team that oversees the Regional Manager in the development of local priorities and strategic planning.
Provincial vision, goals, objectives, and outcomes
Vision: Deliver regional supports and services to enable Alberta’s children and youth to succeed in their learning and improve in their well-being.
Goal: To provide relevant regional supports and services meet the needs of children and youth in the context of their schools, families and communities in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
⇒ Improving access to the right supports and services at the right time, in the right place, through a RCSD approach
⇒ Building capacity of communities including school staff, service providers and families
⇒ Improving integration and coordination of supports and services
Intended Outcomes as a result of RCSD:
⇒ Identified needs of children and youth are met
⇒ RCSD is collaborative
⇒ Partners demonstrate leadership
⇒ Partners are engaged
RCSD link to Inspiring Education
Support for establishing the RCSD is based on feedback from thousands of Albertans who participated in the Inspiring Education consultation and the review of special education. Albertans described a vision for education that is learner-centered; shares responsibility and accountability, plans for sustainable and efficient use of resources, and is innovative in promoting and striving for excellence. Regions have been working to deliver what Albertans said they need, specifically:
⇒ Access to the right supports and services at the right time and in the right place
⇒ Government to work collaboratively to support vulnerable children and youth (including those with special needs)
⇒ Service providers to deliver a continuum of supports and services that effectively support children and youth to be successful at learning and in their well-being
Tri-ministry Provincial Initiative
The government paper, Inspiring Action on Education, identified collaboration and shared governance as key elements in ensuring success for all students in an inclusive system. To that end, Education, Health and Human Service ministries are working together as key stakeholders in the RCSD model.