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Choice in Community Living
Choice in Community Living is an alternative to residential services, and is about opening up opportunities for disabled people and their family to have more choice and control about their living circumstances - where they live, who they live with and how they are supported.
It is about increasing their status as a tenant or home owner and separating this from their support arrangements. In October 2011 Cabinet considered a paper on Choice in Community Living.
Download the Cabinet paper below:
- Cabinet paper: Choice in Community Living for People with Disabilities (Word, 294 KB)
- Cabinet paper: Choice in Community Living for People with Disabilities (PDF, 96 KB)
The Ministry of Health is working on a project to demonstrate Choice in Community Living in the Auckland and Waikato regions. The demonstration is limited to 150 people and will run until October 2014. The Ministry will make announcements about the opportunities for consumers and providers to be involved in the demonstration at a later date. A formal evaluation of Choice in Community Living will be completed during the demonstration.
The Disability Support Services (DSS) Group has contracted Gordon Boxall to support the demonstration of Choice in Community Living. Gordon’s role will include:
- working with the sector to further define Choice in Community Living
- undertaking service development activities as required
- assisting stakeholders to identify and overcome barriers to disabled people being supported to live a good life
- supporting the establishment of the new services.
Gordon has worked for many years in the disability sector having founded and directed a not for profit agency in the UK which developed a range of housing and support arrangements as alternatives to institutional care. More recently a major focus was a shift from residential care to more independent living arrangements. He has also worked in the public sector supporting the translation of good policy into best practice on the ground. Now a resident of Christchurch, Gordon was recently contracted by the DSS Group to support service providers to get back on track following the earthquakes.