- About Disability Support Services
- New model for supporting disabled people
- Disability Sector Strategic Reference Group
- Māori disability support services
- Projects and programmes
- Contracting with us
- DSS operational policy
- Organisations and websites
- Intellectual Disability Act 2003
- Sleepover Settlement
- Research on bilateral cochlear implants
About Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services (DSS) is responsible for the planning and funding of disability support services, and administers the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003.
Disability Support Services also provides policy advice to the Minister of Health.
Many of the services DSS funds are accessed through a Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination (NASC) service. NASCs are organisations contracted to the DSS, which work with disabled people to help identify their needs and to outline what disability support services are available. They allocate Ministry-funded support services and assist with accessing other supports.
The focus of the Ministry of Health's Disability Support Services is based on the New Zealand Disability Strategy: Making a World of Difference - Whakanui Oranga. This document aims to ensure disabled people live in a society that highly values their lives, works to improve their participation in their communities and ensures their needs are considered before decisions that affect them are made.
DSS is part of the National Services Purchasing Group within the National Health Board.
In this section
- The Disability Support Services Group is part of the National Services Purchasing within the National Health Board, Ministry of Health. Read more
- Contact details for Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) services. NASCs are contracted by the Ministry to work with disabled people to help identify their needs and outline what disability support services are available to them. Read more
- Contact details for Disability Information and Advisory Service (DIAS) organisations, which are contracted by the Ministry to provide disability information and advisory services. Read more
- The Ministry’s Equipment and Modification Services provide free or subsidised equipment and modifications to people with disabilities. Read more