Service Providers - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Service Providers

In Alberta, parents are responsible for choosing the service provider they want to work with their child and family. Parents may access a service provider in one of two ways: by directly hiring an individual in their community, or obtaining services through an established agency (business). Read more.

In “direct hire” situations, parents are expected to assume all employer responsibilities. The service provider becomes the parents’ employee and is paid directly by the parent.

Please consult with the following Fact Sheets: Employment Standards Guide and Domestic Employment and other information that can be found on the Alberta Employment Standards website.

As a service provider, how can I connect with families?

Parents choose the service provider they want to have work with their family and child. Connect with your local FSCD office to provide information about the services you offer.

  1. Other ways you might promote your services to families include:
    1. The Internet
    2. Your local telephone directory
    3. Regional or provincial disability associations such as the Alberta Association for Community Living (AACL). You can contact the AACL toll-free by calling 1-800-252-7556.
    4. Local disability-specific parent association.
    5. Local FSCD Offices

Specialized Services

Specialized services are intended to support families of children with severe disabilities to acquire specific skills and learn strategies to help promote their child’s development and participation in normal daily living activities at home and in the community. Read more about specialized services.

Individualized Service Plan

An Individualized Service Plan (ISP) is a document that outlines the individualized strategies that the family and their specialized services team will follow as they work together to meet the family’s and child’s needs.

The ISP is a living document that changes over time to reflect the family’s priorities, the child’s developmental stage, planning for transitions and the progress being made toward the goals and objectives set by the family and their specialized services team. Read more about Individualized Service Plans. See Service Provider Guidelines for Developing an Individualized Service Plan.

Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT)

The Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) is a group of health professionals established by the FSCD program to provide consultation to FSCD workers when making decisions about providing specialized services. Read more about the MDT.

Created: 2012-12-07
PID: 15657