Update on outcomes following today's meeting with the Service Provider Partnership Committee
The Service Provider Partnership Committee (SPPC) met again today by teleconference to discuss the needs of service providers at this critical time. We discussed a number of issues but in particular, raised concerns regarding accessing of Personal
Protective Equipment (PPE), and the need for direct communication from Community and Social Services (CSS) regarding funding and billing. We have strongly shared the need of organizations to have flexibility in deploying and using staff as necessary to maintain essential services. We also shared the need for organizations that are closing services to have ongoing funding to maintain the capacity for services and facilities so they can be reinitiated after the current crisis.
A communique will be issued from CSS later today or tomorrow, that includes a commitment to flexibility in funding and contracts to ensure organizations can respond as necessary to staffing challenges and service delivery. In addition, CSS is working to get new contracts done on schedule to ensure advance payments and funding continues to be in place.
With respect to PPE, the message has been communicated that services will not be able to be safely maintained without access to supplies. The Ministry is working to get us access to these supplies and we will share information as soon as it is available.
The SPPC will continue to connect each Wednesday, and we will continue to advocate for needs and share information. In addition, John Stinson and I have a scheduled daily call, so please continue to be in touch with issues of concern.