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In accordance with the Veterans Affairs Canada Evaluation Plan (2011 -2016) approved by the Departmental Evaluation Committee, the Audit and Evaluation Division was tasked with conducting an evaluation of Salute! VAC's Client Newsletter. Salute! is a quarterly, bilingual newspaper produced by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) to provide Veterans and their families with information on departmental policies, programs and services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Treasury Board, which sets the guidelines for all government departments in Canada, defines a service standard as "a public commitment to a measurable level of performance [that] clients can expect under normal circumstances." These standards help Canadians by formalizing the kind of service that they can expect from any department. The standards also help VAC staff, by giving them targets to aim for—both in terms of their own performance, and of letting the public know what to expect. At present, Veterans Affairs Canada has twenty-two service standards, which cover all the key programs and services that the Department provides to Veterans.
Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is in the process of implementing risk management with the goal of it becoming a natural part of Departmental culture. Ensuring effective learning from experience by undertaking regular reviews of the risk management process is significant to the advancement of the maturity of this process at VAC. Thus, this review of the adequacy of corporate risk management at VAC has been undertaken. The results of the review are one year after the development of a Risk Management Framework within VAC.
This evaluation of the Health Care Benefits and Services Program was conducted in accordance with Veterans Affairs Canada's (VAC) approved multi-year, risk-based Evaluation Plan 2012-2017. The Health Care Benefits and Services Program, commonly referred to as the Treatment Benefits Program, provides Veteran recipients with access to extended health care. There are 14 benefits and services groups comprising a wide range of offerings. An overview of the benefits and services can be found in Appendix A.
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).