Community Based Services for Children with Special Needs (CBSCSN)
The Community-Based Services for Children with Special Needs (CBSCSN) Program works with parents/legal guardians in providing the extra-ordinary care and support required to meet the special developmental needs of their severely disabled child.
In order for a child to be eligible for the Community-Based Services for Children with Special Needs program, he or she must: have severe developmental disabilities that are life long and require on-going daily assistance with personal care and everyday life activities; have been diagnosed by a medical doctor; be assessed to be in need of or receiving services on an on-going basis from at least one of the following professionals: occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech language pathology, and other rehabilitation services; be a resident of New Brunswick for the past three months; have a valid New Brunswick Medicare card; and be under 19 years of age. This includes children with physical and/or intellectual disabilities or medically complex conditions who may or may not have behavioural and/or emotional difficulties.
The family or legal guardian must: be residents of New Brunswick for the past three months with valid Medicare cards; demonstrate that other community services are unable to meet their child's developmental needs; demonstrate that the child/family requires more support than what is currently available; provide the documentation and additional family information required, and sign all related forms needed to complete an assessment for admission to the program; and financially contribute to purchased services according to the contribution scale based on its net income and number of children.
CBSCSN is a voluntary program of social supports. Parents must demonstrate that in addition to the other community services they are presently accessing, their child still has some extra-ordinary unmet needs. Parents must be prepared to contribute financially, where possible, to the services purchased. Parents who have private health insurance are required to use these benefits first before requesting assistance from the program.
The parents contact the Access and Assessment Unit in their region. If another person is referring the child to the program, they must inform the parents first to seek their consent.
Following the request for service, the parents are asked to complete application forms providing information on the child's condition and extra-ordinary needs, parents' income, names of other professionals or organizations providing services to the child, and type of services requested.
When the application forms are returned to the regional office, the information is reviewed and further information will be required to determine admission to the program.
An individual Service Plan is developed based on the child's developmental needs and social support services. Services are provided on a yearly basis and reviewed annually to determine if the services being offered are still appropriate to the child's extra-ordinary needs. All children are assigned a social worker to help access services within the Department, within other government departments and within the community. Depending on the child's special needs, extra-ordinary services or items may be purchased to assist the parents in providing the care and support the child requires. Some of these extra-ordinary services or items are relief care, medical and rehabilitation equipment, and medical transportation. The program does not cover services that require a nurse to perform the task.
As this is a voluntary program, parents are expected to actively participate in their child's service plan and comply with the program eligibility criteria.
Family must make a financial contribution to the child's intervention plan based on its net income and the number of children.
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