Updates relating to the Ministry's new model for supporting disabled people.
Three evaluation reports of components of the New Model demonstration in the Bay of Plenty conducted by Evalue Research for the Ministry of Health are now available.
- Demonstrating Changes to Disability Support: Evaluation Report
- Evaluation of Local Area Coordination
- Evaluation of the Implementation of Choice in Community Living: Phase One 2013
These developmental evaluations cover a report on Local Area Coordination in New Zealand which follows on from a 2012 evaluation; a report which summaries findings from the first 12 months of the Choice in Community Living (CiCL) demonstration project; and a report written towards the end of the three-year demonstration of the New Model for Supporting Disabled People, which assesses the extent to which the components of the New Model have contributed to increasing choice and control for disabled people over the way they live and the support they receive. This includes Choice in Community Living and Enhanced Individualised Funding, and also considers whether CiCL and Local Area Coordination can be implemented in a fiscally neutral way.
After a successful demonstration, Local Area Coordination was continued in the Bay of Plenty. ImagineBetter was contracted by the Ministry of Health on 11 August to lead the programme and to extend it to the Lakes District over three years.
Read the media release: ImagineBetter to provide Local Area Coordination in Bay of Plenty and Lakes
Local Area Coordination also began as a trial in the Hutt Valley and Otago/Southland regions through the Life Unlimited and Access Ability Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) organisations.
Cabinet agreed to a three-year demonstration of Enabling Good Lives (EGL) in Christchurch. EGL builds on the New Model. It offers greater choice and control over the support that disabled people receive and the lives they lead. The EGL demonstration involves the Ministries of Health, Education and Social Development.
The Cabinet paper can be found on the Office for Disability Issues website. The announcement of the demonstration by Hon Tariana Turia, Minister for Disability Issues and Associate Minister of Health, can be found on the Beehive website.
A report by Disability Support Services summarised findings from evaluations of components of the New Model. It acknowledged the good foundation set in place for changing the way the Ministry supports disabled people. The report's recommendations for improvement are being addressed as part of the ongoing development of the New Model.
The New Model was launched in the Eastern Bay of Plenty on 10 September. Minister of Disability Issues, Hon Tariana Turia, spoke to the more than 130 people who attended.
The CiCL demonstration project was established in Auckland and Waikato.
Local Area Coordination (LAC) in the Bay of Plenty/Tauranga was launched by Hon Tony Ryall at Huria Marae in Tauranga on 23 August. More than 100 people attended the launch.
The National Reference Group membership was confirmed.
On 15 November, Disability Support Services appointed Inclusion Aotearoa as the support organisation to help with the design, implementation, testing and refinement of the New Model demonstration.
The Ministry began demonstrating the core elements of the New Model. A request for proposals for an organisation to support the implementation was released on Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS) on 28 July.
Cabinet considered a paper on the New Model. The Chair of the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues, Hon Tariana Turia, was invited by Cabinet to report to the Social Policy Committee with the Ministerial Committee's recommendations on the national rollout.
On 18 May, the Ministerial Committee considered a paper from the Ministry of Health that proposed the New Model. The Ministerial Committee endorsed the New Model and requested that a noting paper be prepared for Cabinet so that other Ministers were made aware of it.