ERIC Number: ED337952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
The Power To Choose: An Examination of Service Brokerage and Individualized Funding as Implemented by the Community Living Society.
G. Allan Roeher Inst., Toronto (Ontario).
This report evaluates how effective the brokerage system operated by the Community Living Society in Vancouver (British Columbia) has been in meeting the needs of individuals with a mental handicap living in the community. The program stresses service brokerage, a mechanism to deliver the planning resources required to arrange and purchase community services, and individualized funding, under which individuals receive funding directly or have status in determining how funding will be spent on their behalf. Chapter 1 presents a framework for evaluation and identifies the decision-making criteria used in the study involving 20 interviews. Chapters 2 through 6 examine the impact that service brokerage and individualized funding have had in terms of each of these criteria. Accordingly, Chapter 2 examines access to planning resources; Chapter 3, access to funding according to individual need; Chapter 4, accountability to individuals in decision-making; Chapter 5, the range of alternatives for community-based services; and Chapter 6, securing the status of individuals' close family and friends in the decision-making process. Chapter 7 assesses the applicability of service brokerage and individualized funding to other groups, and Chapter 8 outlines conclusions. Among appendixes are details of the study methodology and an article, "Individualized Funding in Relation to the Canada Assistance Plan," by Sherri Torjman. Includes 37 references. (DB)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Decision Making, Delivery Systems, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Individualized Programs, Mental Retardation, Personal Autonomy, Planning, Services
G. Allan Roeher Institute, Kinsmen Bldg., York University, 4700 Keele St., Downsview, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3 ($20.00; also available in French).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: G. Allan Roeher Inst., Toronto (Ontario).
Identifiers: British Columbia (Vancouver); Canada; Human Service Brokerage; Individualized Funding