The Government is trialling a new streamlined system for delivering disability supports. The trial will include access to a ‘Connector’ who will walk alongside disabled people and whānau to help them identify what they want in their lives, how to build that life, and the supports available.
The trial will take place in MidCentral starting on October 1 this year. A total of $23.84 million over two years is allocated to set up the new system in MidCentral which includes Palmerston North, Horowhenua, Manawatu, Ōtaki and Tararua districts.
Minister for Disability Issues Hon Carmel Sepuloni and Associate Minister for Health Hon Julie Anne Genter announced the new system yesterday.
“The disability community has been calling for change for a long time and this Government is committed to making people’s lives better. The 1,600 disabled people and their whānau in MidCentral are set to trial if a new approach for a disability support system will improve their lives,” says Genter.
“There will be a try, learn and adjust approach taken with the new system for the first year, with disabled people and whānau providing feedback. We look forward to hearing how this pilot goes before making further decisions.”
The new system has been designed together with disabled people, whānau and others in the disability sector.
The new system will feature:
- being welcomed into the system and finding out information in multiple ways
- access to a Connector who will walk alongside disabled people and whānau to help them identify what they want in their lives, how to build that life, and the supports available
- easy to use information and processes
- connected support across government
- streamlined funding and allocation, including access to a personal budget to be used flexibly
- capability funding for disabled people and whānau to build their skills
- greater system accountability with disabled people and whānau involved in its governance.