FCSS Legislated Requirements
FCSS Program Requirements
Below are some of the guidelines for FCSS programs. For a full listing of programs, services and approaches that generally meet the FCSS Act, please refer to the FCSS Program Advice Inventory (pdf) .
FCSS funded programs must also do one or more of the following:
- Help people to develop independence, strengthen coping skills, and become more resistant to crisis;
- Help people to develop awareness of social needs;
- Help people to develop interpersonal and group skills which enhance constructive relationships among people;
- Help people and communities assume responsibility for decisions and actions which affect them; or
- Provide supports that help sustain people as active participants in the community.
FCSS must not fund services that:
- Provide primarily for the recreational needs or leisure time pursuits of individuals;
- Offer direct assistance, including money, food, clothing, or shelter, to sustain an individual or family;
- Are rehabilitative in nature (as that is in conflict with “prevention”); or
- Duplicate services that are ordinarily provided by a government or government agency.
As is the case with all funded programs, Red Deer & District FCSS is required to meet required outcomes and financial accountability as set by the Province. On a random basis, the Red Deer & District FCSS program is audited directly by provincial FCSS staff with the last audit being in 2013.