A new model for supporting disabled people

The Ministry has developed a new model for disability support. Parts of this new model are being demonstrated in the Eastern and Western Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Waikato, Auckland, Hutt Valley and Otago/Southland.

What is the New Model?

The New Model for disability support is made up of four elements which focus on:

  • information and personal assistance
  • support through funding rather than only services
  • greater choice, control and flexibility
  • stronger accountabilities.

Local Area Coordination

Local Area Coordinators work with disabled people to plan for a good life and be connected with their own communities.

LAC is available to people living in the Bay of Plenty (including the Lakes Region), Hutt Valley and Otago/Southland regions.

Enhanced Individualised Funding

Enhanced Individualised Funding enables disabled people to have more choice and control over funding.

This is being demonstrated in the Eastern and Western Bay of Plenty.

Choice in Community Living

We are demonstrating Choice in Community Living in the Auckland, Waikato, Hutt, Otago and Southland regions. The demonstration has been evaluated to identify the key aspects of Choice in Community Living that have proved to be successful as well as identifying barriers that have impacted on its effectiveness, eg, accessing affordable housing.

Supported Self-Assessment

Supported Self-Assessment – Understanding You and Your Situation is a new self-assessment form which assesses disabled people’s needs based on their strengths and capabilities. It helps the Needs Assessment and Service Coordination organisation learn more about the person and work out what disability supports you require to meet your goals.

This currently applies only to people living in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes regions.

Development and background

Between 2006 and 2008 the Government’s Social Services Select Committee heard from disabled people, their families/whānau and service providers that they were generally unhappy with how services were being delivered. Services weren’t coordinated and were often difficult to access; existing services and support were inflexible; and there was little choice about how support was delivered.

In response, the Government recommended a new way of providing support so disabled people could have the life they aspire to like other New Zealanders. It proposed a model for disability support that would be focused on giving disabled people and their families/whānau more choice, control and flexibility over support and funding in their everyday lives.

For more information on the New Model development and background, go to the New Model for Supporting Disabled People project page.

New Model people stories

Read more about people who have been using the Ministry of Health’s New Model for Supporting Disabled People in the New Model people stories section.

In this section

  • Local Area Coordinators walk alongside disabled people and their families/whānau to assist them to live good, everyday lives within welcoming communities. Read more
  • Individualised Funding enables people to directly manage the resources they have been allocated for disability supports. Read more
  • Choice in Community Living is an alternative to residential services for people with significant disabilities. It offers them more choice and control over where they live, who they live with and how they are supported. Read more
  • If you have been referred to or are being assessed by Support Net, you will be given a new form to fill out called Understanding You and Your Situation. The form replaces the traditional needs assessment that you have had until now. Read more
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