The aim of this resource is to provide information on funding that is useful to disabled persons and families. This resource has been funded through the Ministry of Social Development’s Think Differently campaign.
The purpose of this guide is to provide information on funding and/or links to information on funding all in one place. We aim to continue to build this resource with information relevant to families.
Needs Assessment is a process that helps to identify and document you or your family members strengths, abilities, needs, and goals. Service Co-ordination links supports and services to the needs that are identified in your Needs Assessment. A NASC Agency (Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Agency) is involved in needs assessment and coordination of funded services.
You can request a Needs Assessment yourself, or a referral can be made by your GP, pediatrician, family carer or other professional. An assessment can take place wherever you choose, such as in your own home, workplace, or at the NASC office.
When you do the Needs Assessment you need to think about what help would be useful and in what form – what support do I need in the home, in the community, to be socially active, etc?
Service Co-ordination is a separate process that is about finding the best solutions to meet your identified needs (based off your needs assessment).
A Service Co-ordinator can tell you what supports might be available and what funding support you may be entitled to. The NASC agency contacts the service provider/s and contracts them to work on your behalf.
Individualised Funding is a way of paying for Home and Community Support Services which lets disabled people and/or their families directly manage the resources they are allocated for disability supports.
IF gives you increased choice and control to choose who provides this support, and how and when you use it. Your options range from engaging support workers and planning how your supports will be used, to employing your own care providers and managing all aspects of service delivery. Within IF, you have a choice to manage your funds yourself, or use an agent to do the payroll.
The person decides to use IF. The person chooses an IF Host from the list and the NASC makes a referral.
If you want to use IF to manage your support allocations, you must do this through an IF Host organisation. IF Hosts help administer payment arrangements and support people on IF to manage their support allocations.
Support services verified by person and IF Host notified. IF Host invoices Ministry of Health.
IF Host receives funds and makes payments for supports delivered
If you are unhappy the disability support services you are receiving, then you can make a complaint. Download the complaints process.
Enhanced Individualised Funding (EIF)
Enhanced Individualised Funding takes the idea of personalised budgets one step further, by allocating funding so a disabled person can choose to spend it on disability supports that help them achieve their goals rather than have to spend it on a specific service. Enhanced individualised Funding is currently only available in the Bay of Plenty.
To apply for EIF you need to talk with your Local Area Coordinator or Support Net. More information can be found on the MOH website.
The difference between Carer Support and Respite Services
Respite services are community-based services designed to provide short-term breaks for the carers of a disabled person.
Carer Support provides reimbursement of some of the costs of using a support person to care and support a disabled person. This means their carer can take some timeout for themselves.