The Provincial Voice Care Resource Program administers a program supporting intensive treatment for British Columbian adults who stutter. This program was initiated in 1995 by the British Columbia Ministry of Health, and is in memoriam to the late Fred Gingell, former MLA, Delta-South. The program commences in April and will reimburse eligible participants for tuition expenses incurred to attend an approved intensive stuttering treatment program, upon successful completion of the program. The funding pool is limited each budget year.
The reimbursement does not cover assessment fees. Each individual is eligible for one-time funding only.
- Residents of British Columbia who have been diagnosed by a speech-language pathologist as having a stuttering problem
- Aged nineteen or older
- Completed an approved intensive stuttering treatment program
The following is a list of procedures to assist you in planning for your evaluation and treatment as well as reimbursement of tuition expenses. If you need more information or have questions about the procedures, please contact Dr. Rammage:
4th floor, Diamond Health Care Centre
2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Phone: (604) 875-4204
Fax: (604) 875-4625
Contact Dr. Rammage regarding availability of funds, and to determine the eligibility of the intensive stuttering treatment program of your choice. The intensive stuttering treatment program must be able to provide:
A description of their clinical strategies
A description of the measurements used to assess fluency
Criteria for evaluating success of clinical progress
Treatment effect size
Make application to the approved stuttering treatment program, according to their standard application and assessment procedures. If you are required to pay tuition in advance of the program, you will be reimbursed by the Fred Gingell program upon submission of your receipt and completion of the program evaluation form, which is distributed during the last day of your treatment. PLEASE KEEP YOUR RECEIPT(S). Currently approved programs are:
Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR), 3rd floor, Aberhart Centre Two, 8220 –114th St, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2P4, Phone: (780) 492-2619, Fax: (780) 492-8457
Columbia Speech and Language Services, Inc., #1316–750 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 1J3, Phone: (604) 875-9100, Fax: (604) 875-9130
Once you have completed the application and assessment protocol for an approved stuttering treatment program, the program directors will contact PVCRP regarding your acceptance into a specific intensive treatment session. You may be required to pay the service provider a deposit to reserve a space in an upcoming treatment session. This deposit will be returned to you upon completion of the therapy program.
PVCRP will confirm your eligibility for the funding program.
Complete the intensive stuttering treatment program, including post-treatment assessment forms.
If the approved treatment program does not require tuition payment in advance, PVCRP will pay the eligible treatment program directly on your behalf, upon your completion of the program and post-treatment assessment forms.
If you were required to pay the tuition in advance, mail your receipt(s) for tuition to Dr. Rammage at the PVCRP office for your reimbursement after you have completed your intensive treatment program. Please note: Reimbursement requests that do not include a social insurance number (SIN) will be returned to the sender. Your reimbursement will be mailed to you unless alternative arrangements are made. The reimbursement cheque will be from Vancouver Coastal Health where the stuttering program account is held. Send your receipts and SIN to:
Dr. Linda Rammage, Director
Provincial Voice Care Resource Program
WP4, Vancouver General Hospital
805 West 12th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1M9
Good luck in reaching your speech improvement goals!