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Complex and Special Needs

The MFRC social work team offers support for Canadian Armed Forces families with a family member with extra needs. They can work with you to:

  • navigate the special needs, education, mental health, and health care systems
  • advocate for services
  • develop a support plan for persons with complex needs
  • create a family care and support plan for upcoming deployments
  • find services for caregivers caring for an elderly family member or a family member with health concerns
  • prepare for a posting in or out of Greater Victoria

Podcast: Navigating Systems

This episode of The Military Lifestyle podcast looks at the big hurdles that military families face when it comes to navigating the school and medical systems, how to plan and self-advocate and how to tackle this daunting challenge. Special guest: Colleen Cahoon.

Adult Supports

Organization DescriptionWebsite
Community Living BCSupports adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Can help develop a support plan and find local resources in your community.Visit site
Province of B.C.A complete listing of all supports provided by the provincial government.Visit site
BC Personal SupportInformation about programs that provide equipment and assistive devices or other personal supports to persons with disabilities.Visit site
Island HealthProvides a range of health care and support services to help improve the health, quality of life, and independence of people with a physical disability and let you stay in your own home for as long as possible.Visit site
Victoria Disability Resource CentreNon-profit organization that provides information on disability issues, referrals to appropriate community resources, peer support and career assistance.Visit site

Mental Health Supports - Children and Youth

Organization DescriptionWebsite
Child and Youth Mental HealthThe Ministry of Children and Family Development provides a wide range of community-based specialized mental health services.Visit site
British Columbia Psychological AssociationSearch practicing psychologists in the province. Please note: you need a doctor’s referral to have this cost covered by your extended health care.Visit site
Vancouver Island Crisis Line24-hour crisis line support and resources.Visit site
Kids Help PhoneA free, anonymous and confidential phone and online professional counselling service for youth available 24/7.Visit site

Special Needs Supports - Children and Youth

Organization DescriptionWebsite
Ministry of Children and Family DevelopmentAssistance and support for kids with special needs, from birth up to 19 years of age, and their families.Visit site
Supported Child DevelopmentConsulting and support services to children, families and child care centres so that children with extra support needs can participate in fully inclusive child care settings.Visit site
Island HealthLocate a local health care provider, hospital or community program on Vancouver Island.Visit site
Early Intervention Therapy ProgramOccupational, physio and speech therapy, screening, assessments, family education and support, service planning, direct therapeutic intervention, consultation, monitoring and transition planning to school.Visit site
Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s HealthAssessment, treatment, consultation, long-term or short-term follow-up or coordination of services to infants, children and adolescents who have complex physical, intellectual, social or emotional challenges.Visit site
Support Our Troops – Special Needs GrantA military family member with special needs can access this grant to fund specialized interventions, assessments, and respite care.Visit site

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