to CLS Readiness PanelDeputy Minister
Announces Panel to Assess Readiness for CLS Governance
October 21, 2003
The Sage Group report, Governance - Some Considerations, provided the
ministry with recommendations to successfully achieve its goals over
the next two years, specifically the move to community governance.
The report recommended that readiness elements be considered by a
panel of experts to assess the overall state of readiness of the
proposed governance authorities prior to any transfer to permanent
The devolution of MCFD Community Living Services is currently
scheduled for June 2004. I am therefore announcing today the
appointment of a panel of experts to lead an independent assessment
of the state of readiness for the devolution of Community Living
The three panel members, Bert Boyd, Arlene Gladstone and Vince
Collins, have extensive experience in the health management,
governance, human and public services fields. The panel will consult
with key individuals from the Interim Authority and MCFD to develop
a comprehensive assessment of readiness for both services for adults
with developmental disabilities and for children with special
Terms of reference for the assessment have been developed.
Readiness includes six elements:
- KPMG Operational Readiness Criteria,
- Service transformation successfully underway,
- Achievement of budget stability and sustainability,
- A service delivery plan that demonstrates service will be
- A transition implementation plan, and
- Trust established among the parties involved in new
The panel will assess the readiness elements and provide
recommendations, in particular, on whether June 2004 is achievable.
The panel will also make recommendations regarding timelines and
strategies for both the ministry and the Interim Authority that may
expedite and ensure an effective transition. A written report will
be provided to me by December 12, 2003.
The work of the panel is another important milestone in the move
to community governance. For information on the terms of reference
and biographies of panel members, click here.