Developmental Disability / CLBC Eligibility Assessments

Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services (DDMHS)

Dr. Klancnik, West Coast Psychological Services (WCPS) Director, has conducted comprehensive assessments for Developmental Disability Mental Health Services (DDMHS) and Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) since 1997.   He has given numerous presentations on assessment of cognitive and adaptive functioning in Intellectual Disability and has published research in the area.

DDMHS is a specialized mental health service for individuals who live with co-existing developmental disabilities and mental illness, and/or challenging behaviours.  For DDMHS referral information and eligibility criteria please visit Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.  DDMHS referrals are made by DDMHS case workers.

WCPS is a qualified service provider for CLBC in service areas throughout metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. We receive referrals directly from CLBC, but referrals can also come from an individual, their family, caregivers, or other agencies.

All CLBC eligibility assessments include determination of DSM-5 criteria for Mental Retardation / Intellectual Disability. When necessary, WCPS will collect collateral information and conduct a detailed chart review to establish that the impaired intellectual functioning occurred prior to age 18.  For CLBC referral information and eligibility criteria please visit CLBC.

Dr. Klancnik was involved with the development of the standards for the Personal Supports Initiative, and, at the request of CLBC, reviews psychological assessments for eligibility performed by other Registered Psychologists. Dr. Klancnik has trained and supervises all WCPS staff working with individuals with Intellectual Disability and reviews all assessments done by WCPS psychologists.