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Extra Support Needs

The Esquimalt MFRC offers one-to-one support for Canadian Armed Forces familias with a family member with extra needs. We can work with you to:

  • Navigate the complex 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 supporting aging family members or a family member with health concerns
  • Prepare for a posting in or out of Greater Victoria

Adult Supports

Organization  Description Website
Community Living BC Supports 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 Support Information about programs that provide equipment and assistive devices or other personal supports to persons with disabilities. Visit site
Island Health Provides 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 Centre Non-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  Description Website
Child and Youth Mental Health Community based Mental Health Services for children, youth and families administered through the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Visit site
British Columbia Psychological Association Search 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
FamilySmart Supports young people, their families and professionals about information for mental health supports. Visit site
Foundry Offers youth ages 12-24 access to mental health, substance use support and other social services. Visit site
Vancouver Island Crisis Line 24-hour crisis line support and resources. Visit site
Kids Help Phone 24/7 national, bilingual service offering counselling, information, referrals and volunteer led phone/text/chat based support for children and youth. Visit site

Special Needs Supports - Children and Youth

Organization  Description Website
Child and Youth with Special Needs Assistance and support for kids with special needs, from birth up to 19 years of age, and their families. Visit site
Autism Information Services British Columbia A provincial information centre for families who have children or youth with Autism. Visit site
Island Health Locate a local health care provider, hospital or community program on Vancouver Island. Visit site
Early Intervention Therapy Program Occupational, physio and speech therapy, screening, assessments, family education and support, service planning, direct therapeutic intervention, consultation, monitoring and transition planning to school. Services for children ages 0-5 years who are at risk for developmental delays. Visit site
Supported Child Development Consulting 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
Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health Assessment, 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 Grant A military family member with special needs can access this grant to fund specialized interventions, assessments, and respite care. Visit site
Vancouver Island Children’s Assessment Network Provides assessment services for children on Vancouver Island with complex developmental needs. Visit site

Seniors Supports

Organization  Description Website
Seniors First BC Information, advocacy, understanding of rights for seniors and other issues impacting the health and wellbeing of an older adult in BC. Visit site
Seniors BC Listing of provincial supports in BC as well as information for family and caregivers. Visit site
Office of the Seniors Advocate BC Monitors seniors services and provides resources/ information for seniors living in BC. Visit site
Family Caregivers of BC Supports, information and connections for unpaid family caregivers. Visit site

Podcast: Navigating Systems

This episode of The Military Lifestyle podcast looks at the big hurdles that military families face when they have a family member with extra support needs. We dive into navigating the school and medical systems, how to plan and self-advocate and how to tackle this daunting challenge. Special guest: Colleen Cahoon.

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