Service Mandate

Each RCSD region will determine the supports and services for children, youth and their families. In determining supports and services, regions will consider the following:

  • services currently available to children, youth, and their families through Health (AHS), Human Services (e.g., Child and Family Services (CFS), Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD), Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD)), school authorities, and other community service providers;
  • regional needs identified by Regional Leadership and Regional Executive Teams
  • gaps identified in services to support children, youth, and their families
  • whether specific supports and services are coordinated, integrated, and collaboratively delivered; and
  • how regions are working together to support children and youth transitioning across and between regions.

Also, each RCSD regional team will establish operational processes that are aligned with regional priorities and strategic plans.

Through RCSD, Education, Human Services, and Health partners will make referrals for support and services for students who require extraordinary services from more than one ministry or service sector and for children and youth, from birth to 20 years, with complex needs.

Eligibility for RCSD supports and services includes:

Universal, targeted, individualized services:

  • Children or youth who are registered with Alberta Education in the Early Childhood Services (ECS) to Grade 12 system in one of the following programs:
    • Public school program (provided by public or separate school jurisdiction, or charter school)
    • Private school program
    • Private ECS operator program
    • Institutional education program
    • Homebound program or home education program
    • Alternative program such as online, blended, or outreach.

Low-incidence services:

  • Children and youth between birth and age 20 who have been identified as having a low incidence disability or who require a coordinated plan for wrap-around service delivery through a multi-disciplinary team approach. Low incidence disabilities are described under the following headings:
    •  Blind/low vision
    • Deaf/hard-of-hearing
    • Deaf-blind
    • Significant communications disabilities requiring the use augmented or alternative communication systems.

Complex case services:

  • Children and youth with complex needs between the ages of birth and 20 are those who require significant extraordinary care due to the severity of their impairment(s) and require services from more than one ministry. Those who require such services may include children and youth:
    • with multiple impairments, complex mental health and health issues, and/or severe behavioral needs;
    • for whom all currently available resources have been utilized with limited success;
    • who require fiscal and human resources that strain the capacity of any one ministry; and
    • for whom there are questions about the safety of the child, youth, family, or public.

Children and youth identified with a low incidence disability and/or a complex need will require a coordinated plan for wrap-around service delivery through a multi-disciplinary team approach. Each RCSD Region determines their own process that coordinates and provides innovative, creative, and flexible supports and services for children and youth with complex needs:

  • Regions determine, on an individual case-by-case basis, the integrated and coordinated plan including resourcing from RCSD funding and from collaborative partners.
  • Processes for monitoring are to be included in the plan.
  • Regular scheduled reviews of each child’s or youth’s integrated and coordinated plan are to be conducted to determine the success and/or revisions for transition into the next year.

Capacity building services:

  • Educators and other school staff, families, service providers, and community providers.