Local Area Coordination (LAC) is being rolled out long-term in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes regions this year following a successful two-year demonstration in the Bay of Plenty.
The Ministry of Health has placed an advertisement on the Government Electronic Tenders Service website seeking proposals from organisations that are able to manage and lead LAC across the two regions.
Local Area Coordinators have been working in the Bay of Plenty since 2011, walking alongside disabled people and their families/whānau to assist them to live good, everyday lives within welcoming communities An evaluation of the LAC programme has shown that Local Area Coordinators have supported disabled people in achieving their goals including connecting with their communities; feeling more positive about the future; trying new activities; increasing social connections; learning new skills; and finding new homes and paid employment.
The Ministry is seeking an agency that knows its community and values disabled people as citizens. The agency will also need to be a good employer; able to employ four Local Area Coordinators; and provide leadership to the LAC programme. Organisational leadership by disabled people will also be important.
The successful agency will have or be prepared to establish a physical presence across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes regions.
Interested organisations will be briefed on Local Area Coordination and the RFP process on Tuesday 25 March at The Orchard, 20 Macloughlin Drive, Te Puke, 10.30am - 12.30pm. Organisations must register for the briefing by Friday 21 March.
For more information on the Request for Proposals (RFP), visit GETS and find "Local Area Coordination in the Bay of Plenty" (ref 41682). The deadline for people to email questions about the RFP is Friday 4 April.
Responses to the RFP must be returned by 12.00 noon on Wednesday 16 April 2014.