New disability support system announced for MidCentral

It has been announced that a new disability support system is to be trialled in MidCentral. The trial will begin in October and aims to make it easier for people with disabilities to access the "supports they need to live the life they want, rather than their lives having to fit in around what has been on offer."

The new system, which will begin 1 October, 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.

The announcement was made by Minister for Disability Issues Hon Carmel Sepuloni and Associate Minister for Health Hon Julie Anne Genter in Palmerston North.

Read the full media release (easy read and NZSL versions also available) (external website)