Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Consultant and Extra Staffing Supports

Every child with developmental and behavioural challenges must have a Support Guide completed by an SCD consultant to access supports from the Supported Child Development Program (SCDP).

The Support Guide:

The information gathered during the Support Guide process helps to guide the SCD consultant's clinical decision regarding the level of SCDP services.

The Support Guide may include:

  • SCD consultant’s observations of the child in the child care setting,
  • assessments and/or reports of other health care professionals and community partners, and 
  • the efforts and strategies used by the child care staff to promote inclusion.

Using the Support Guide, the SCD consultant may decide on:

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Consultant Only services include:

    • the provision of on-site training with observations, suggestions and discussion around a family’s goals for a child’s development and care.
    • organizing of team meetings with therapists and other Island Health and community professionals
    • off-site training in the form of workshops, information sessions, mentoring opportunities.
    • networking opportunities for families and/or child care providers.
    • guidance on child development opportunities including daycare options as well as recreation centres or playgroups.
    • navigating community partners through the local child care system.

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Extra Staffing Support funded by SCDP:

  • enhances staffing levels in order to help ensure the effective inclusion of all the children in the child care setting. 
  • are considered shared and are in addition to adult-to-child ratios specified by Island Health Licensing regulations. SCDP does not fund “one-to-one” support.
  • promotes teamwork by helping all staff to take responsibility and participate in modifications or adaptations to the environment and programming.
  • may only complement on-site therapeutic interventions with prior approval by the SCD consultant.

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Temporary Supported Care arrangements may include:

  • sub-contracting with an individual to provide care in their own home as an Inclusive Assisted Care (IAC) provider, or
  • creating an In-Own-Home contract with a family for a child with medical complexities or severe behaviour challenges.

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Contact Information

SCDP Administrative Assistant
Jenni Funk
(250) 519-6961

Supported Child Development Program (SCDP)
Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health
2400 Arbutus Road
Victoria, BC, V8N 1V7

Community Partners

Provincial Supported Child Development Program

Aboriginal Supported Child Development