Regional Collaborative Service Delivery is an approach to ensure that children, youth and families have access to supports they need to be successful at school and in the community. It is a partnership among school authorities, Alberta Health Services (AHS), Human Services and other community stakeholders.
These partners work together on a regional basis to meet the identified needs of children and youth. In keeping with the collaborative focus, Regional Collaborative Service Delivery partners are the stewards of resources that are shared to support the identified needs of children and youth within a given region. Supports can include, but are not limited to: mental health supports, speech-language therapy, and occupational therapy.
There are 17 Regional Collaborative Service Delivery regions across the province. Supports and services available in a particular region depend on what service priorities have been identified by the regional partners.
The approach is intended to better meet the needs of:
children or youth who are registered with Alberta Education in Early Childhood Services (ECS) to Grade 12
children and youth with complex needs* between the ages of 0 and 20 years old
children and youth (from birth to age 20) with a low incidence disability including:
– Blind or Visually Impaired (BVI)
– Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)
– Deafblind (DB)
– Complex Communication Needs (CNN)
school staff, families and service providers who need cross-sector training or skill development in relation to collaboratively supporting children and youth in school and the community.
* Children and youth with complex needs are those who require significant extraordinary care due to the severity of their impairment(s) and require services from more than one government ministry. This 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
for whom there are questions about the safety of the child, youth, family, or public.