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Accommodation services transition

A project to transition some of the Disability Services Commission’s accommodation services to the non-government sector has made significant progress since it was launched by the Disability Services Minister Helen Morton in October 2013.

By June 2016, everyone affected had either been advised about the change, was in conversation with the Commission and services providers about their future, or had made a decision about their accommodation services and supports.

The project aims to transition about 60 per cent of the Commission’s accommodation services to the non-government sector. Transitional and emergency accommodation services, and a smaller supported community living service, continue to be provided by the Commission.

This transition project aligns with the WA Government’s Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy and the principles of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which are to provide people with control and choice about the services and supports they receive.

People with disability who have been living in Commission-run houses have the opportunity to choose who they want to live with and who they want to receive their accommodation services from in the future. Importantly, people may choose to continue living in the same house with the same people, if that’s what they want: the transition is about who provides the support services.

The transition is supported by a team of experienced Commission staff working with small groups of houses at a time. They talk to people to support them as they plan their future supports. People need make two key decisions as part of this process: where they want to live and which organisation they want as their service provider.

The Commission has selected groups of houses to be part of the project according to the following guidelines:

  • That the individual support needs of the people in the house are complementary to the support needs of those they live with.
  • The needs of the people can be fully met by non-government organisations.
  • The building (house) meets the needs of the people living there and/or another option is in progress.
  • Planned, deliberate transition at this particular time is likely be successful and sustainable, and is appropriate to the people’s current circumstances.

 

An advocacy organisation, People with Disabilities WA, is available to work with people who would like an independent advocate to assist or support them during their handover. 

Once the transition of a house to a non-government organisation has been completed, people will have ongoing access to Commission support through its contract management and Quality System functions.

For more about the transition process, contact the Transition Team Leader Sue Cannell on 6104 9588 or Suzanne.cannell@dsc.wa.gov.au

 

Related documents

Please note that the document How I want to live and be supported was developed by the Independent Information Officer employed by Therapy Focus. The Officer’s role was to provide impartial information and advice to people involved in the Commission’s transition of some accommodation services to the non-government sector. This resource covers information that the Officer identified for consideration by individuals, families and guardians involved in the process. This document has been supplied as a PDF only. If you require an alternative format, please contact the Commission.

PDF versions (also available in Word below)

Accommodation services transition – service provider profiles
Changes to Commission accommodation services – November 2013
How I want to live and be supported
Summary of accommodation transition survey responses
Transition process update – July 2016
Transition process update – September 2015
Transition process update – January 2015
Transition process update – October 2014
Transition process update – July 2014
Transition process update – June 2014
Transition process update – April 2014
Transition process update – March 2014
Transition process update – January 2014 

Word versions

Accommodation services transition – service provider profiles
Changes to Commission accommodation services – November 2013
Summary of accommodation transition survey responsesTransition process update – July 2016
Transition process update – September 2015
Transition process update – January 2015
Transition process update – October 2014
Transition process update – July 2014
Transition process update – June 2014
Transition process update – April 2014
Transition process update – March 2014
Transition process – January 2014 

Links

Minister’s announcement, 11 October 2013: Restructure is a step towards NDIS