Funded Family Care is Ministry of Health funding for some eligible disabled people to employ their parents or family members over 18 who they live with to provide them with their personal care and/or household management supports.
In September 2018, the Government announced plans to change health service Funded Family Care, including the intention to repeal Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000.
Funded Family Care allows payment of people to care for resident family members assessed as having high or very high needs relating to disability, long term chronic health conditions, mental health and addiction and aged care needs. Funded Family Care policies are administered by the Ministry of Health (Disability Support Services) and District Health Boards.
Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 provides that the Ministry of Health and District Health Boards have family care policies allowing persons to be paid for providing health and/or disability services to family members. It also limits the ability for complaints to be made to the Human Rights Commission and the Courts regarding breaches of the Human Rights Act 1993 relating to family care policies.
Targeted stakeholder engagement will inform advice to the Government
Since the Government's September announcement of change to Funded Family Care, there has been intensive targeted stakeholder engagement with and independent facilitator.
Engagement included meetings and an online survey. The survey attracted over 900 responses.
The engagement information is now being analysed and will help to inform Ministers on improved ways of supporting family carers who might want, need or get Funded Family Care now and/or in the future.
The results of the engagement will be made available.
Frequently asked questions
What happens to Funded Family Care while this work is underway?
The current model of Funded Family Care will remain while this work is carried out.
How does Funded Family Care relate to the NZ Carers Strategy and NZ Disability Strategy?
Any changes to Funded Family Care will be considered within the context of the Government’s wider policies and supports for family carers and disabled people. This includes the New Zealand Carers’ Strategy and the New Zealand Disability Strategy.
Consultation and engagement to inform a new Carers’ Strategy Action Plan 2019-23 and a Disability Strategy Action 2019-2022 will be taking place alongside targeted engagement on Funded Family Care. Government agencies are working together to ensure that people will know how and where they can take part and make their views known. Where relevant, feedback will be shared between agencies.
How does Funded Family Care relate to the Disability Support System Transformation? How will Funded Family Care be managed in the MidCentral prototype?
Within the MidCentral prototype of the transformed disability support system, disabled people will be able to access funding for family carers where it is allowed under the government’s existing funded family care policy.
Finding out if you can get Funded Family Care
Ask your Needs Assessment and Service Coordination organisation (NASC) about Funded Family Care. Your health professional will tell you how to contact your nearest NASC – or look on the NASC services page.
Your NASC will meet with you to assess your eligibility and talk everything through. Your NASC’s role is to assess your disability needs and discuss your goals. They assess what help you may need with personal care, such as having a shower or eating, and household tasks such as cleaning or cooking. Then they make a support plan that records how to meet your needs and reach your goals.
If your NASC does not think you meet the conditions for Funded Family Care, you can still apply for it as an exception. Ask your NASC if they will help you make an exceptions application to the Ministry of Health.