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Information for disability services clients - what do the changes mean for me?

The following questions and answers are for people currently receiving disability services from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI).  Alternative format, 'disability services, client FAQs' available here (DOCX 185.1 KB).

You can get more information about these changes by speaking to your support worker/s, taking part in information sessions and forums, by calling the information line (1800 952 962) between 8am - 6pm, Monday to Friday.  You can also email questions to us at dcsifuturedirection@sa.gov.au.

What do the NDIS changes mean for me?

For all DCSI clients eligible for the NDIS, your current disability supports will be funded as normal until you can access the NDIS.  From then, your supports will be funded under the NDIS, and you will be able to choose to continue with your current service arrangements or to get your supports from someone else.  We will talk with you and your carers and support workers to help you plan any changes.

What do the changes mean for people receiving services from DCSI who are not eligible for funding under the NDIS?

People with disability aged 65 years and over cannot access the NDIS. The Commonwealth Continuity of Support Programme will make sure older people with disability, who are currently receiving specialist disability services, continue to receive support, consistent with current arrangements.

For more information, visit the Commonwealth Department of Health website.

If you are aged under 65 years and currently accessing support but are not eligible for the NDIS, you will continue to receive support consistent with your current arrangements.  For more information visit www.ndis.gov.au

How can we be sure of the quality of disability services provided under the changes?

Non-government organisations (NGOs) already successfully provide a range of services for people with high and complex needs.  These organisations have to meet the same quality standards and safeguarding arrangements as DCSI.

Can I keep receiving supports from the same person under the changes?

So far as possible we will try to make sure people can keep their current support workers through any changes.

Who will be the point of contact in emergencies?

During this period of adjustment, the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) will be the contact point for emergencies.

As part of the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Government of South Australia will work closely with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to ensure that processes and expertise are in place to respond to these requests in the future.

I am already receiving supports from the NDIS.  What do the changes mean for me?

If you have already transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and are receiving services from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI), you can continue with your current support arrangements or choose another provider.

I live in a group home. What do these changes mean for me?

The State Government will continue providing supported community accommodation services (including group homes).   Any future changes under the NDIS will be planned together.

I live at Northgate Aged Care. What do these changes mean for me?

All residents can stay living at Northgate and you will continue to receive services.

As most current residents will not be eligible for the NDIS, it will continue to operate as a residential aged care service.

We will be talking with you and your carers about the best way to prepare for the reforms.  Future changes will be made together in a smooth and planned way, when the time is right.

I live at Highgate. What do these changes mean for me?

The State Government will continue as the service provider at Highgate Park. The government continues to care for the residents of Highgate Park and will support their choice in the services they receive in future, which may include moving to community accommodation.

What do the changes mean for the Centre for Disability Health (CDH)?

Services will continue to operate as usual until consultation with staff can start and we can examine how the services best translate in the new NDIS world.

What do the changes mean for the Exceptional Needs Unit (ENU)?

Services will continue to operate as usual until consultation with staff can start and we can examine how the services best translate in the new NDIS world.

What do the changes mean for the Independent Living Centre (ILC)?

Services will continue to operate as usual until consultation with staff can start and we can examine how the services best translate in the new NDIS world.

What do the changes mean for the Information and Referral Service?

Services will continue to operate as usual until consultation with staff can start and we can examine how the services best translate in the new NDIS world.

What do the changes mean for COMPASS and Flexible Respite?

Services will continue to operate as usual until consultation with staff can start and we can examine how the services best translate in the new NDIS world.

Where can I go for more information?

You can get more information about these changes by speaking to your support worker/s, taking part in information sessions and forums, by calling the information line (1800 952 962) between 8am - 6pm, Monday to Friday.  You can also email questions to us at dcsifuturedirection@sa.gov.au.

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