Manitoba Family Services

Community Living disABILITY Services

Community Living disABILITY Services (formerly the Supported Living Program) are responsible for the planning, development, maintenance, overall direction and management of programs and resources that support and enhance the quality of life of adults with a mental disability living in the community. Community Living disABILITY Services are responsible for the review and development of policies associated with Day Services, Residential Services, Support Services and Residential Care Licensing.

Day Services
Residential Services
Support Services
Residential Care Licensing

Supports Intensity Scale (SIS)

The Community Living disABILITY Services (CLDS) program uses the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) to assess the support needs of CLDS clients.

In early 2014, CLDS completed a pilot of the Supports Intensity Scale in the Westman region of the Province.  Based on the success of the pilot, the CLDS program has adopted the SIS as a standardized method of assessing the support needs of individuals across the Province receiving support from the CLDS program.  The SIS involves a detailed interview conducted by certified SIS facilitators with the CLDS participant and other individuals (family, support staff, etc.) who know the person well. The SIS is designed to measure the level of supports that a person with an intellectual disability needs in order to successfully participate in areas such as home living, community living, lifelong learning, employment, health and safety, and social activities 

Currently, two other provinces use the SIS and the tool is used extensively throughout the United States and internationally as well. The SIS tool will help ensure that individuals in CLDS are receiving the appropriate level of support in conjunction with their needs. The SIS tool will also contribute to a CLDS service delivery system that is fair, equitable, consistent and sustainable for future generations of Manitobans with intellectual disabilities. The SIS FACT Sheet provides additional information on the SIS tool and frequently asked questions.

To learn more about the Support Intensity Scale tool you can visit the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities website at:

Residential Services

Residential Services provides care and accommodation to assist adults with a mental disability to live in the community in their residential option of choice, including;

  • a family home;
  • independent living; and
  • residential care facilities – approved or licensed facilities that include foster homes and private and agency-managed facilities.

Day Services

Day Services is directed at maximizing the independence and productivity of adults with a mental disability by assisting them in adapting to and participating in the province's workforce; supporting their involvement in the community; and enhancing their personal development. Transportation services are also provided to adults who attend an approved funded day program. The day services provided through this program include supported employment and follow-up services, services with a vocational focus, and personal development services.

Support Services

Support services include respite for care givers, crisis intervention to ensure immediate safety and well being, and other supports to individuals and families in need.

Residential Care Licensing

Residential Care Licensing is responsible for licensing/approving all community--based resources that provide residential services funded by Community Living disABILITY Services, as well as residences in the community which serve persons with a mental illness or the infirm aged.  Residential Care Licensing ensures that care facilities comply with standards that promote the health, safety and well being of residents.

Services provided include processing applications for licensing and monitoring facility operations for conformity with regulated and established licensing criteria.


Protecting Vulnerable Persons from Abuse and Neglect: Reporting Requirements for Direct Service Providers

Protecting Vulnerable Persons from Abuse and Neglect Poster
This poster outlines the steps in supporting individuals in instances where abuse or neglect is suspected, provides information on documenting and reporting the suspected abuse, and provides a space to fill in emergency contact information.

Download Protecting Vulnerable Persons from Abuse and Neglect Poster (PDF 188KB)

Community Living disABILITY Services Brochure
This brochure is currently being updated. For detailed information about Community Living disABILITY Services, please contact a Winnipeg Service Location or Rural and Northern Service Location in your area.

For more information, please contact a Winnipeg Service Location or Rural and Northern Service Location in your area.

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