Respite is an investment in protecting the health and wellbeing of families and sustaining the family unit. The Ministry of Health currently funds a variety of respite supports for disabled people and their families, but feedback from the sector has indicated that there are a number of areas for improvement within the existing model.
The Ministry has drafted a respite strategy that proposes aligning respite with the Disability Support Services strategic direction to enable greater choice, control and flexibility to people with disabilities and their families.
The disability sector was invited to give feedback on this document until 3 May 2017. Submissions have now closed. Thank you to all who attended a workshop or made a submission.