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 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
“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.