The implementation of the Supports Intensity Scale has factored in several important considerations including upholding the principles of The Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Act while making responsible fiscal decisions that maximize available resources. The adoption of a standardized assessment tool for all participants requesting CLDS services is critically important to ensure Manitoba creates a transparent, equitable and sustainable program. Developing a funding allocation system linking SIS to the CLDS funding model will establish a fair way to allocate resources to program participants based on their assessed support needs. This will ensure that there is an equitable and transparent funding structure within CLDS going forward. To date over 1,000 SIS assessments have been completed across the province.
Earlier this year, CLDS received Treasury Board approval to engage an external organization to assist with the development of a funding allocation model to be used in conjunction with the SIS. A Request for Proposal (RFP) process was initiated and CLDS is pleased to announce that the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) was the successful applicant.
HSRI is a non-profit organization established in 1976 that provides leading research, policy development and consultation in the area of intellectual disabilities. The organization is considered as the leading expert in resource allocation. HSRI has offices based in Massachusetts and Oregon. More information about HSRI can be found here: http://www.hsri.org/.
The initial work on the development of a resource allocation model for CLDS is expected to commence in late December 2014/early January 2015. The project is expected to continue over the next 18 months. More information and regular updates will be provided throughout the course of this project.