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In the approved 2008-2011 Audit and Evaluation Plan, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) identified the Residential Care Program at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building (CHVMB) for audit. The Chief Audit Executive of VAC engaged Audit Services Canada (ASC) to plan and conduct the audit. CHVMB is a part of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre under the Capital District Health Authority (CDHA) of the Province of Nova Scotia. It is the largest Veterans facility in the Atlantic Region providing, under contract with VAC, long-term beds on a priority access basis to eligible Veterans under VACs Residential Care Program.
Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) provides a wide range of health care benefits and services to eligible program recipients as specified under the authority of the Veterans Health Care Regulations. These entitlements are made available under the Treatment Benefits Program and Veterans Independence Program (VIP). The objective of these programs is to ensure program recipients are provided, according to their treatment eligibility, with reasonable and timely services that the Department considers to be an appropriate response to their assessed health needs. This audit was recommended for Deputy Minister approval by VAC’s Departmental Audit Committee on September 17, 2010.
The Ex Gratia Payments Audit was recommended for inclusion in the Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Multi-Year Risk-Based Internal Audit Plan 2010-2013 by VAC’s Departmental Audit Committee (DAC) on March 18, 2010. The purpose of the audit was to examine the adequacy of controls put in place for the processing of applications for ex gratia payments. The audit fieldwork was substantially completed on December 15, 2010. Ex gratia payments are one-time payments for a fixed duration of time and stringent pre-set eligibility and entitlement criteria are applied.
An overpayment occurs when benefits are paid to a beneficiary who has no entitlement or when benefits have been paid in excess of entitlement. Once an overpayment has been detected, Finance Division can collect, write-off, forgive or remit the overpayment. A remission is the cancellation of or release from an otherwise enforceable debt, tax, fee or penalty. A remission may occur under the following circumstances:
the overpayment cannot be recovered within the reasonably foreseeable future;
the administrative costs of recovering the overpayment are likely to equal or exceed the amount to be recovered;
the repayment of the overpayment would cause undue hardship to the person or a beneficiary; or
the overpayment is the result of an administrative error, a delay or an oversight on the part of an officer or employee of the federal public administration.
Since 1981, Veterans Affairs Canada has administered a community-based, national program to eligible Veterans, their families, and other primary care-givers. These services include home care, home adaptations, ambulatory health care, and intermediate nursing home care. Now known as the Veterans Independence Program, it offers self-managed care in co-operation with provinces and regional health authorities. The program allows eligible Veterans, their families, and other primary care-givers to focus on maintaining their health, independence, and their quality of life.
On April 1, 2006, the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act (the New Veterans Charter) came into force. The New Veterans Charter (NVC) was designed to give Canadian Forces (CF) Veterans and their families access to services and programs that would meet their individual needs. The suite of programs includes: rehabilitation; financial benefits; group health insurance; career transition services; disability award; and support to families. The evaluation was conducted from April 1, 2009 until October 29, 2010 and consisted of three phases.
In 2011, Veterans Affairs Canada initiated a five-year Transformation Agenda to respond to the changing needs and expectations of the Veteran population. The goal was to fundamentally change how the Department delivers programs and services. The targeted efforts of the Department included overhauling service delivery, simplifying processes and cutting red tape for Veterans. To simplify the process for Veterans and expedite decision making, Veterans Affairs Canada case managers were given the responsibility to make medical/psychosocial decisions for Rehabilitation Program participants and to properly document these decisions.
In the fall 2012, some family members raised concerns related to: the quality of care provided, complaints being ignored, room changes without notice, and staffing levels. All areas of concern were investigated; however, family dissatisfaction persisted. The Department’s expectation is that all Veterans will be treated with respect by any and all who serve them and will receive quality care in provincial long term care facilities. The seriousness of the concerns prompted the Minister to announce that Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) would conduct an audit of the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre (SBVC).
The New Veterans Charter (NVC) represents the most sweeping change to Veterans’ benefits and services in the past 60 years. The NVC shifts the focus from one of disability to one of wellness and responds to Canada’s commitment to injured Canadian Forces members and Veterans. The suite of services and benefits available under the NVC include a lump-sum disability award, rehabilitation, financial benefits, health benefits, and career transition services. This is a three-phased comprehensive evaluation being conducted from April 2009 to December 2010.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services is a component of the Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Program. It provides vocational assistance services and benefits to eligible Veterans who have a health problem, and their families, to assist them in their re-establishment to civilian life. Vocational services and benefits include vocational assessments, employability skills, training, career exploration, job placement and follow-up support. The purpose of the audit was to provide assurance that financial controls were working as intended, to deliver results in accordance with related authorities.