(March 2017) IF/EIF/EGL Participants: important changes to how Individualised Funding, Enhanced Individualised Funding or Enabling Good Lives (Christchurch) Hosted Personal Budgets works. Supporting documents are:
Letter (PDF) detailing changes»
Privacy Declaration templat (Word) (referred to in the letter)»
Individualised Funding (IF) is a way of paying for Home and Community Support Services which lets you directly manage the resources you’ve been allocated for disability supports.
Home and Community Support Services include help with household management and personal care.
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.
What you can use IF for.
IF can be used to:
From November 3 2014, respite can now be used under Individualised Funding. Click here to read the flyer.
Who can get Individualised Funding.
If you can manage your own services, or have someone in your support network willing to do so, then IF may be right for you. You can get IF if you:
If you can access home and community support services, and wish to use IF, they can make a referral to an IF Host of your choice.
If you want to use IF to manage your support allocations, you must do this through an IF Host organisation. These are organisations contracted by the Ministry of Health to support people using IF. IF Hosts will:
The Ministry of Health has begun its evaluation of this pilot project. A number of people using IF have been contacted by the reviewer. They have also spoken to Manawanui In Charge, the NASC and the Ministry of Health. Generally, the feedback has been positive taking into consideration new funding models will always have issues and challenges to sort out. Manawanui have highlighted to the reviewer some of these challenges and issues and are hoping that the positive outcomes for people using EIF will be captured by the evaluation.
People using IF have access to grants from Te Pou – you can apply for money from two grants. These are:
Consumer Leadership Development – this grant money can be used to fund your own attendance at conferences, workshops and other sessions – or it could be used to purchase some support for lifestyle planning or establishing Circles of Support. If you think of something you would really like to do to assist you to manage your IF or build your knowledge – apply for one of these grants.
Workforce Development Grants – this grant money is available to allow you to send your staff on training sessions, conferences, workshops etc. If you and your staff want to go to a conference for example, you could apply for Consumer Leadership for your own use, and the Workforce Development Grant for your staff.
The best thing about having access to these grants is that you can participate in these activities without using any of your IF funding to do it - just make sure you put the cost of wages etc. in the grant application.
There has also been a development with our partnership with Work and Income. As you are likely aware, if you need help finding support workers/staff, you can list your vacancy with the Work and Income Work Broker in your area – they will provide you with a list of potential matches, and do the police check for you. If you employ one of them for more than 15 hours/week (or partner with someone else on IF to employ them together), you get a $500 payment from Work and Income. If you keep the person for 3 months, you get an additional $500 at the end of that timeframe. Your Coach will check in on you by phone fortnightly to see how the employment situation is going.
Of course, as with any employment situation, there are no guarantees, and we do not recommend that you employ anyone you are not comfortable with – but Work and Income wants to get people into employment, and this arrangement is one that just may suit you. IF Hosts are also required to ensure that the service is working well and report back to the Ministry.
All IF Hosts provide this level of service for a fee set by the Ministry. If you want IF Hosts to take on the responsibility for recruiting, training and paying your support workers and possibly managing the legal aspects of your service, your IF Host may do so for an extra fee determined by them.
Find out more from the Ministry.
Read more about the Individualised Funding project or view the Service specifications for Individualised Funding providers.
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