Individualised Funding

What is Individualised Funding? 

Individualised Funding is a form of funding for people needing disability support. Individualised Funding can give a person more choice, control and flexibility as they decide how, when and who provides their support. IF is based on a philosophy of person-centred control, in which people should be empowered to live ordinary lives and have control and choice over that life.

How does it work? 

With Individualised Funding, you are allocated support hours which are then translated to an annual budget, which you can then choose how/what you spend it on. Together with a Manawanui Coach, you develop a personal plan about what you want your life to look like and how you’re going to achieve this.

You are responsible for purchasing the support you need and/or employing staff and all the responsibilities that go along with being an employer.

What can Individualised Funding be used for? 

This depends on what programme you are under.

For Ministry of Health’s Disability Support Services, IF can be used for:

  • Personal Care services that assist with daily living, e.g. personal hygiene, feeding, mobility, etc.
  • Household Management services which assist a person to maintain, organise and control their household/home environment, e.g. cleaning, laundry and meal preparation

For disability support funded through the District Health Board, IF can be used for:

  • Personal Care services that assist with daily living, e.g. personal hygiene, feeding, mobility, etc.
  • Household Management services which assist a person to maintain, organise and control their household/home environment, e.g. cleaning, laundry and meal preparation
  • Advanced personal care

For people in the Bay of Plenty under the Enhanced Individualised Funding Demonstration Project, there is more flexibility around what can be purchased. Please contact your local NASC for more information.

For people who are interested in the Enabling Good Lives Demonstration Project in Christchurch, please contact Monique Harding on monique@eglives.co.nz

For people who are interested in the Enabling Good Lives Demonstration Project in the Waikato, please contact Loren on 07 957 15 61 or email her on enabling_good_lives_waikato@msd.govt.nz

What can’t Individualised Funding be used for? 

  • Other Ministry of Health funded disability supports
  • Disability supports that are fully or partly funded by other government agencies or public organisations, such as ACC, housing modifications therapy.
  • Anything that a non-disabled person would be expected to provide from their own money such as rent, bills, professional services, donations, alcohol and tobacco.
  • Community and government services-e.g. health, education, welfare benefits, employment support and CYFs (Child, Youth and Family services).

Can I get IF? 

You will need to talk to your local Needs Assesment and Service Coordination organisation (NASC) to see if Individualised Funding is an option for you.

For the Enabling Good Lives Demonstration Project in Waikato, needs assessment is done by the EGL team.Contact Loren on 07 957 15 61 or email her on enabling_good_lives_waikato@msd.govt.nz

Forms and Documents 

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