Am I eligible for Ministry-funded support services?

The Ministry funds a range of Disability Support Services.

These are available to people who have a physical, intellectual or sensory disability (or a combination of these) which:

  • is likely to continue for at least 6 months
  • limits their ability to function independently, to the extent that ongoing support is required.

These are mainly younger people under the age of 65 years.

The Ministry will also fund DSS for people with:

  • some neurological conditions that result in permanent disabilities
  • some developmental disabilities in children and young people, such as autism
  • physical, intellectual or sensory disability that co-exists with a health condition and/or injury.

Your NASC will be able to clarify if these apply to you.

If you have psychiatric or age-related support needs, your local DHB can help.

Who can’t get Ministry-funded support services?

The Ministry of Health does not generally fund disability support services for people with:

  • personal health conditions such as diabetes or asthma
  • mental health and addiction conditions such as schizophrenia, severe depression or long-term addiction to alcohol and drugs
  • conditions more commonly associated with ageing such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Disability support services are also not funded for most people with impairments such as paraplegia and brain injury caused by accident or injury. ACC has been responsible for funding these support services since 1974. Go to the ACC serious injury and disability website to find out more.

In most cases, district health boards fund disability support services for older people, including people with disability aged 65 and over assessed as requiring aged residential care, and those with mental health needs.

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