On January 18, The Government of Alberta announces reform of the Services to Persons with Disabilities (SPD) program.1 The purpose of the reform was to transfer services for developmentally disabled adults, such as respite supports and living supports, from government management, to management by the community. (1) The principles guiding the reform were to; utilize the consistently successful approach of communities in in providing quality services, have decisions about services be made closer to individuals who require support, and to have government involvement take on more of a evaluative role. (2)
1. Government of Alberta, “News Release: Community involvement set to enhance Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities” (News release, n.p., October 1997), 1-2.
1. Darko Kulas, Social Services for Persons with Disabilities in Alberta (Calgary: Canada West Foundation, 1997), 9-11.
1. Government of Alberta, “News Release.”