*The RCSD partnerships across the province are being eliminated by the provincial government as of September 1, 2020. As a result, the information on this page will no longer be valid. The website is being maintained for one year to allow partners to continue to access the resources*
Central Alberta Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (CA RCSD)
The Central Alberta Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (CA RCSD) is a cross-ministry collaborative approach to planning services for children and youth in the central Alberta region. It is a regional partnership among school authorities, Alberta Health Services, Children’s Services, Community and Social Services, and other community stakeholders. The services are delivered by the partners.
The purpose of the website is to provide an understanding of the Central Alberta Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (CA RCSD). It is intended for CA RCSD partners.
At the local and regional level, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Community and Social Services, school authorities, interested First Nations and other community partners work together to better meet the needs of children, youth and their families…Each of the regional partners work collaboratively and share available resources to:
- address regionally identified needs;
- coordinate and leverage systems;
- build system capacity; and
- plan for sustainability – “What is RCSD?” What is RCSD?
The heart of Regional Collaborative Service Delivery , this service model is collaboration, relationship and capacity building, and communication among therapists, caseworkers, consultants, school personnel and families.
The expertise of the adults surrounding a child/youth comes together to support the needs. The child’s support team may include:
- school authority personnel,
- therapists from Children’s Rehabilitation Services (Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist),
- Mental Health therapist,
- Consultant for Blind/Visually Impaired or Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Children’s Services caseworkers
- Caseworkers from Family Supports for Children with Disabilities
CA RCSD funds professional positions within the region including (but not limited to): Mental Health Therapists, Family Support Workers, SLP, SLPA, OT, PT. However, the Central Alberta RCSD partnership does not actually employ any of these professionals. For information about job opportunities please visit the websites of the specific partners such as school authorities or AHS- Children’s Rehabilitation Services or Community Addiction and Mental Health. For a complete list of CA RCSD partners, please visit: Who we are-Regional Partners
“Collaboration is a process in which people commit to working together to set common priorities and to meet shared goals related to achieving success for children, youth and their families. It allows for the blending of perspectives, expertise, resources and shared accountability and responsibility.”
“We can build lateral capacity in each other by working together with peers and professionals to learn from and share resources, ideas, and knowledge. Developing lateral capacity is a powerful strategy for improvement. We learn best from our peers and colleagues when we are in an environment where there is an ongoing, purposeful exchange between teachers and therapists.”
Kathy Murch, Wild Rose School Division
Services may vary according to staffing structure in a school or community.