Disability Support Services (DSS) aims to have positive partnerships with its stakeholders, in particular with disabled people, their family/whānau, carers, and disability support providers, to support disabled people to have a good life and take part in their community in the same way other New Zealanders do.
DSS hosts forums and groups where disabled people and stakeholders can raise and discuss disability issues and opportunities. These forums are used to inform the policy advice to government, the DSS’ strategic direction and the purchase of disability support services.
Groups established/supported by DSS include:
- Consumer Consortium (disabled people and family/whānau representatives)
- Disability Sector Strategic Reference Group (representatives of consumers, providers, carers)
- Māori Disability Monitoring and Advisory Group – a group of Māori disabled that monitors implementation progress of Whāia Te Ao Mārama: The Māori Disability Action Plan and provides advice to the Ministry.
- Faiva Ora Leadership Group – a group of Pacific people with disabilities and Pacific people who work with, or care for, people with disabilities. This group advises on the implementation of the Faiva Ora – National Pasifika Disability Plan and provides advice to the Ministry.
- Provider Forums, which are open to all DSS contracted disability support providers. The forums contribute to ensuring the best possible outcomes for disabled people within the available funding. This forum enables us to share updates on Ministry-led and provider-led initiatives and is an opportunity for providers and the Ministry to learn from each other.
- NASCA Reference Group – The Needs Assessment Service Co-ordination Association is a not-for-profit organisation of the people who manage NASCs. This group regularly meets with the Ministry to support communication with NASC organisations and to provide high level strategic input.
Invitations to DSS representatives to attend sector-led consumer and provider forums are welcome, particularly where this will help to increase sector input into the activities of Disability Support Services. Contact us with details of your event.
Guidelines for supporting children and young people with disabilities
DSS and Child, Youth and Family (CYF) have an agreed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) (PDF, 217 KB) that covers the support of children and young people with disabilities who are subject to Part Two of the Children Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989 (CYPF Act) and who are eligible for DSS support.
The MoU has identified key principles that aim to support appropriate and consistent decisions affecting eligible children and young persons to be made by the two agencies.
Roles and Responsibilities for Supporting Disabled Children and Young People under the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989 (updated in 2010), provides professionals working within CYF, DSS, and needs assessment and service coordination (NASC) organisations with guidance on how to apply the MoU.
Kia Tūtahi Relationship Accord
The Kia Tūtahi Relationship Accord is an important symbol of commitment between government and communities to engage effectively to achieve successful social, economic and environmental outcomes. It sets expectations about how government agencies and communities will work together.
The principles of Kia Tūtahi include respecting Te Tiriti o Waitangi, acting in good faith, working together in a trusting and mutually respectful manner and that we have a collective responsibility to hear and respond to the voices of all.
The Ministry of Health is a champion agency for the Accord, and one of the ways the Ministry puts it into action is through the ongoing relationship with the Health and Disability NGO Council.
The Framework for Relations between the Ministry of Health and Health/Disability Non-Government Organisations recognises that by working together, the Ministry, the NGO Council and other agencies will be able to improve the effectiveness of services provided by the health and disability NGOs. The Ministry of Health reconfirmed its commitment to the Framework in 2013.