A nationwide transformation of the existing disability support system is under way.
The aim of the transformed system is to ensure disabled people and their families have greater choice and control in their lives. It will include an explicit social investment approach, which is about investing money early to produce better life outcomes for people in the long term and may reduce long-term costs to government.
Enabling Good Lives
The disability sector has been calling for change for a long time. In 2011, a group from the sector presented a vision and principles called Enabling Good Lives to the government.
The vision is based on disabled people having greater choice and control. The principles of how disabled people would like to live their lives include self-determination, with the system investing early, being person-centred, being easy to use, supporting disabled people to live an everyday life like others at similar stages, able to access mainstream services, being mana enhancing, and building and strengthening relationships between disabled people, their whānau and community.
You can find out more about the principles on the Enabling Good Lives website.
Ministers agreed change was needed and gave the green light to two demonstrations for small groups of disabled people, in Christchurch and Waikato.
Based on Enabling Good Lives’ vision and principles, a high-level design has been created which will form the basis of the transformed system.
A team, including disabled people, worked intensively for several months on the co-design.
There will be an information hub, capability funding for disabled people and whānau to build their skills, support to expand peer and whānau networks, and a new funding model.
The transformed system will be different to the demonstrations because the aim is to change the existing system rather than add another layer to it.
It will be implemented initially in MidCentral, from 1 July 2018, on a try, learn and refine approach, and then rolled out across the country.
There is now work under way on the detailed design.
Working groups have been formed to start creating the detailed design for the transformed disability support system.
Find out more on the Enabling Good Lives website.
The disability sector is being invited to participate in working groups and virtual testing groups for the detailed design of the new disability support system.
A group, which includes disabled people, representatives from families with disabled members and from disability service organisations, held a series of workshops to develop the high-level design for the transformed system.
The workshops have been an intense period of work for those involved. You can find out more about each workshop at the following links.
June 13 workshop
At the final workshop, disabled people reflected the co-design process allowed them to contribute in an equal way and they felt confident bringing their experience and views to the table.
June 7 workshop
The co-design group finalises a high-level design for creating a new disability support system and meets Minister Nicky Wagner.
May 30/31 workshop
The high level design of the new disability support system is tested, review and refined by the co-design group charged with creating it.
May 16/17 workshop
Mapping the ideal experience for disabled people and their families/whānau was a focus of the two day co-design workshop. The group look at what was needed to deliver that experience.
May 11 workshop
Key design challenges around funding, control and choice were discussed while a review of evidence highlighted what to do and what not to do for a new system at the fourth workshop.
May 4 workshop
Designing for the diversity of the disability community and the beginning of mapping what a new system could look like were the focus of the third workshop on transforming the disability support system.
April 26 workshop
The scope of transformation of the disability support system was explained and a working definition of the Mainstream Frist principle was agreed to at the second workshop.
April 11 workshop
The first workshop on designing the transformation of the disability support system has been held in Wellington. Those attending discussed how they would work together.