Disability accommodation and Respite Service Providers Named
The Victorian Government has named five not-for-profit providers that will take over the delivery of government operated disability accommodation (also known as Supported Independent Living) and respite (Short Term Accommodation and Assistance) from early next year. The transfer of services, to start from February 2019, is part of Victoria’s transition to the NDIS and is being undertaken in part to ensure that the National Disability Insurance Scheme operates in the best interest of people with a disability.
The five providers are House with No Steps, Life Without Barriers, Melba Support Services, Possability and Scope. The providers were assessed against strict criteria and were selected in part because they have great knowledge and experience in the NDIS, have proper industry safeguards in place and they all share the government’s commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for all involved.
The organisations will start to work on the transition immediately, but the transfer of services will officially start from February 2019 and will be completed in stages. According to an announcement by the Victorian Government, staff and residents in each group home and respite service will transfer to a new service together. This is to ensure continuity of support for residents, their families and staff. The statement also said that there will be minimal disruption to staff, residents and support workers and that access to services should not be affected. People with a disability will continue to be supported by the staff they know and trust.
To ensure that services are transferred in a safe and consistent way, there are some safeguards in place as well. Providers must achieve several mandated milestones before starting the transfer of services to demonstrate they are ready. This should ensure that services are transferred with minimal disruption.