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.
This change is part of the demonstration of the New Model for Supporting Disabled People and currently only applies if you live in the Bay of Plenty or Lakes region.
Understanding You and Your Situation
What is this form about?
Understanding You and Your Situation is a self-assessment form for disabled people living in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes regions. It helps Support Net, your Needs Assessment and Services Coordination organisation, learn more about you and work out what funding you need for support relating to your disability.
The form replaces the traditional needs assessment that you have had until now. Self-assessment means that you can complete the form at a time, place and pace that suits you, with whoever you want to support you.
You and whoever you choose to work with you will need to fill out the form and give it to Support Net. You can write about the impact your disability has on your life, your goals and what supports you are already receiving. This will give Support Net a good understanding of you and your life.
What is in the form?
The form is split into four sections:
Section One focuses on who you are, how you want to be contacted, your disability and your living situation.
Section Two focuses on what you want to achieve, how you plan to reach your goals and what obstacles are getting in the way of reaching them.
Section Three is about how your disability impacts on your life.
Section Four is about the supports you are receiving, including those from family/whānau, friends, the community and agencies.
The last part of the form is where you and your Support Net contact sign to confirm that everything on the form is correct.
What happens next?
After you’ve completed the form, Support Net will contact you to discuss your goals and needs.
Support Net calculates an amount of funding for you based on the unmet disability support needs you have told them about. Support Net staff can then help you plan how you want to use this funding. Your family/whānau, friends and people like Local Area Coordinators can help too.
You will have choice and control over your funding and what you use it for, but there are purchasing guidelines you need to follow. Support Net will give you these guidelines or you can read them at the Ministry of Health Purchasing Guidelines.