Providing findings about the outcomes for participants and their families, implementation of the pilot, and the process and cost analysis, this report also draws together implications for future development of similar programs.
Disability and Community Care Services, Department of Communities has commissioned an evaluation of the outcomes, process and costs of the Self Directed Support pilot by a research team led by the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC). This second report provides findings about the outcomes for participants and their families, implementation of the pilot, the process and cost analysis. It also draws together implications for future development of similar programs.
The Self Directed Support pilot has two key objectives: community inclusion and the empowerment of service users to make their own choices about their support (self direction). Self directed support enables individuals, their families and their other informal supporters to identify their needs, lifestyles and aspirations, and set personal goals. By giving people with disabilities access to case management and control over their allocated funding, the program allows them to be their own agents of change (Department of Communities, 2010: 7).
The Queensland Department of Communities selected two service providers from a negotiated tender process to implement the Self Directed Support pilot. One is the Sunshine Coast Children’s Therapy Centre (SCCTC), which supports young children (0-6 years) with physical disabilities and their family carers and significant other informal supporters. SCCTC has one full-time services coordinator. The second is the Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Service (ABIOS) in Brisbane, which supports young adults (20-35 years) with acquired brain injury and physical disability. Existing ABIOS case managers (ten) have incorporated the self directed support function into their other responsibilities.
The two providers are funded $240,000 per year for two years to deliver services under the pilot. The annual budget covers expenses for management, staff and operational costs; and person centred (self directed) planning and support, community inclusion, and early intervention for 40 participants per year, including self directed budgets of up to $4000 per participant.
Authors: Sally Robinson, Sandra Gendera, Karen R. Fisher, Natalie Clements and Christine Eastman, for the Department of Communities, Disability and Community Care Services, Queensland.
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