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This Rehabilitation Services Evaluation was conducted in accordance with Veterans Affairs Canada's (VAC) approved Multi-year Risk Based Evaluation Plan 2013-2018. Established in 2006, the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act (hereinafter referred to as the New Veterans Charter or NVC), shifts the Department's focus from one of disability to one of wellness and responds to Canada's commitment to injured Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and Veterans. As part of the NVC, the Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program (hereinafter referred to as the Program) provides eligible Veteran recipients and their spouse/survivor(s) with one or more of the following types of rehabilitation services: medical, psychosocial, or vocational. In fiscal year 2012-13, the Program funded $18.4 million in benefits and services.
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.
The Earnings Loss benefit is one of the supports available through Veterans Affairs Canada’s Financial Benefits Program. Earnings Loss is payable in recognition of the economic impact a military career-ending or service-related disability may have on the Veteran’s ability to earn income following release from the Canadian Armed Forces. This income replacement ensures that the eligible Veteran's income does not fall below 75% of their gross pre-release military salary. The guaranteed minimum rate for fiscal year 2012-2013 was $41,598.
The Audit of the Veterans Independence Program (VIP) was approved by the Departmental Audit Committee in 2009. The objectives of the audit were to determine if:
up-to-date policies and procedures were in place to support program delivery;
program payments were accurately calculated and paid to eligible clients and approved providers;
regulatory and policy requirements were complied with; and
the quality assurance function provides an ongoing assessment of compliance requirements and identifies opportunities for improvement.
Veterans Affairs Canada has 60 points of service or responsibility centres, including regional and district offices that provide a wide range of services and programs. District offices provide direct service for programs, with regional offices providing functional direction and oversight. The three largest points of direct service are the Quebec, Halifax and Edmonton district offices which combined serve almost one-third of participants in the Rehabilitation Program. All three District Offices have approximately three client service teams and a varied mix of program participants.
The Employee Compensation Audit was part of the 2009/2010 Veterans Affairs Canada Audit Plan approved by the Deputy Minister (DM).
As part of the design process, a preliminary survey was conducted to determine the areas of pay that have the highest level of risk for the department. As a result, Regular pay, Overtime Pay and Acting Pay were included in the audit.
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).
Healthcare professional service contractors are individuals with “significant training, qualifications and expertise in a professional field.” With the support of Public Works and Government Services Canada, these contractors are used to obtain expert knowledge and to complement the existing workforce. At Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), these healthcare professional service contractors review or conduct assessments of Veterans' health needs for services or benefits as well as provide consultation with VAC staff. During the 2012/13 fiscal year, there were 55 healthcare professional service contracts for Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Doctors and a Dentist, excluding those at Ste. Anne’s Hospital.
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.