PDD Safety Standards Consultation
From June 14 to July 6, 2016, the Consultation Team led Phase Two of consultation with stakeholders – including individuals with developmental disabilities – to explore ideas on safety that support the personal choices, privacy, priorities and needs of the disability community. These ideas are in the areas of:
- Reviewing the PDD program to enable safer lives in community for individuals with developmental disabilities;
- Training and education for staff working with individuals with developmental disabilities;
- Accreditation standards for community service providers; and
- Interpretation of the Alberta Safety Codes.
The Consultation Team hosted two webinar sessions and held 13 focus group discussions with over 200 self-advocates, families/guardians, service providers, advocacy organizations, PDD staff and safety officials. In addition, over 475 questionnaires were completed.
The Consultation Team is reviewing the public’s input and will prepare a final report and recommendations for Government’s consideration.
Between February 18 and March 14, 2016, more than 750 Albertans attended community forums and 1,300 people filled out questionnaires to share their views about how to keep individuals with developmental disabilities safe in their homes, while respecting their rights and supporting them to be included in community. The Consultation Team released the Phase One Consultation Summary Report (plain language version). The Minister of Human Services accepted all three of the team’s recommendations to:
- Repeal the PDD Safety Standards Regulation in its entirety.
- Implement a coordinated approach across relevant ministries, including working with municipalities, to ensure clarity, consistency and alignment in, and implementation of, the repeal of the PDD Safety Standards Regulation.
- Extend the Consultation Team’s mandate to oversee Phase Two of the Safety Standards Consultation.