Vancouver – For the first time in 10 years, the daily rates for eligible income assistance clients living at registered or licensed residences are increasing.
Additionally, changes to the Community Care and Assisted Living Act will ensure that people living in supportive recovery homes throughout B.C. will be better protected and receive more personalized services and supports.
The new regulatory requirements for registered supportive recovery homes will include:
- ensuring employees have necessary training, skills and qualifications;
- providing program and policy information upfront to individuals and families so they can make informed choices about whether the service is right for them;
- developing a personal service plan for each resident to help them reach their recovery goals; and
- supporting individuals to safely transition and connect to ongoing services and supports in the community when leaving recovery homes.
Changes to the Community Care and Assisted Living Act for supportive recovery homes will come into effect in December 2019.
Daily rate changes for eligible income assistance clients will take effect Oct0ber 1, 2019. Rates for registered mental health and substance use homes will increase from $30.90 to $35.90 per day, rates for licensed mental health homes will increase from $30.90 to $45 per day, and rates for licensed substance use homes will increase from $40 to $45 per day. The daily rate is paid on behalf of eligible people receiving income assistance directly to their mental health or substance use facility.
To assist supportive recovery home operators in meeting the new regulatory requirements, the Province is partnering with the Community Action Initiative to provide one-time grant funding. Registered supportive recovery operators can apply for up to $4,000 per residence. Applications for these grants will be available this fall.