Respite Strategy: 2017 to 2022

The Ministry of Health’s disability respite strategy, Transforming Respite, will make it easier for carers of disabled people to have a break from their caring responsibilities.

Transforming Respite sets the future direction for improving disability respite support. Changes to the respite model will include:

  • flexible respite budgets (I Choose)
  • more quality respite options
  • taking an investment approach to allocation of support and funding
  • easier payment methods
  • providing better access to information and support to find respite options.

You can read more about the strategy and download a copy from the Publications page: Transforming Respite: Disability Support Services Respite Strategy 2017 to 2022.

Implementing the strategy

The changes will be implemented across four work streams:

  1. Flexible respite budgets (I Choose) – includes planning how to administer the funding and communicating the changes with disabled people and their families/whānau.
  2. New resources – developing easy to read information on how to use a flexible respite budget, and how to find respite options to suit each family situation
  3. New options – includes a co-design process in each region to identify opportunities to collaborate on facility-based respite and supporting providers to understand what is needed.
  4. Evaluation – creating an evaluation framework to measure improvements in access to respite and to continually improve its quality.

Priority areas for implementation are:

  • making improvements to the administration of Carer Support
  • sharing better information online about the respite options available in each region
  • running a co-design process in each region to determine whether additional facility-based respite is needed.

If you are interested in providing a facility-based respite service:

  1. Please email us on [email protected] to let us know your plans and how to contact you.
  2. We will invite you to the co-design meetings in your region where you will be able to connect with your community and help work out the best way forward.
  3. Decisions about what facility-based respite services are needed and how they will be set up will be made after the co-design meetings.

To discuss any aspect of the strategy, please contact us on [email protected].

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