Regional Collaborative Service Delivery

Regional Collaborative Service Delivery

 Purpose: The purpose of Regional Collaborative Service Delivery is to enable collaboration between Children’s Services, Community and Social Services, Education, school authorities, Health (including Alberta Health Services), First Nations and community organizations to address identified needs, coordinate and leverage systems, build system capacity, and plan for sustainability in meeting the needs of children, youth and their families.


  • Children and Youth reach their full potential
  • Children and youth are successful
  • Children and youth are healthy
  • Children, youth and their families are secure and resilient

Regional Vision:  In Northern Lights, a Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD) Model will improve access of children and youth to the right supports and services, build the capacity of communities to respond to the needs of children and youth, and integrate and coordinate supports and services that enhance the success of students.  Our goal is to build a supportive foundation and create connections to support schools and community partners in working together to ultimately improve quality of life for children and youth.


  • Effective Collaboration
  • Enable Supports
  • System Improvement

Eligibility for RCSD services:

The following are eligible for services through the Northern Lights RCSD:

  • Children and youth who are registered with an Alberta school authority or participating First Nations school in the ECS to grade 12 system
  • Children and youth between birth and age 20 who have been identified as having a low incidence disability.  This includes children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and/or have complex communication needs 
  • Children and youth with complex and/or intensive support needs between birth and age 20.  This includes those children and youth who require significant extraordinary care, due to the severity of their impairments, and services from more than one service sector. Children and youth who require complex and/or intensive support services may include those
    • With multiple impairments, complex mental health and health issues, and/or severe behavioural needs;
    • For whom all currently available resources have been utilized with limited success;
    • Who require fiscal and human resources that strain the capacity of one service sector; and/or
    • For whom there are questions about the safety of the child/youth, the family, or the public
  • Educators and other school staff, families, service providers and community service providers through cross-sector training or skill development

The Northern Lights RCSD currently consists of the following:

  • Fort Vermilion School Division,
  • High Level Christian Academy,
  • Alberta Health Services North Zone,
  • Northwest Alberta Children’s Services
  • Northwest Alberta Community and Social Services.
  • Little Red River Cree Nation
    • Expansion of RCSD to the neighbouring First Nation Communities is in the development stages

Currently, the priority areas for the Northern Lights RCSD are as follows:

  • Provide an effective, consistent and predictable continuum of services for learners who require mental health/emotional behavioural supports
  • Provide an effective, consistent and predictable continuum of services for learners who require speech and language supports
  • Ensure coordinated interagency case management and problem solving services for children and youth who have low incidence or complex needs and who require supports
  • Provide local, collaborative, multi-disciplinary services for children and youth requiring a coordinated team approach
  • Provide equitable access to RCSD supports and services to engaged First Nations children, youth and families attending First Nations schools

The following staffing is in place to provide services through RCSD and Inclusive Education funding:

  • RCSD Regional Manager
  • 7 Speech and Language Assistants who provide targeted and individualized speech and language programming 
  • Mental Health Therapists
    • One in the La Crete and area schools (.6 FTE)
    • Supervision and team support for staff in other areas from High Level Mental Health Therapist
  • 7 Student Wellness Coaches
    • Two in the La Crete and area schools
    • One shared among the La Crete area and Fort Vermilion schools
    • Two in the Fort Vermilion schools
    • One at Rocky Lane school
    • One at Rainbow Lake School (.3 FTE)
  • Local multi-disciplinary team that provides assessment and consultation services to schools within the RCSD region: Psychologist, Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) and Diverse Learning Coordinator
  • Contracted services from the following provide additional support through the multi-disciplinary team:  SLP, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing and teacher of the blind and visually impaired.

Northern Lights RCSD Brochure

RCSD Fact Sheet