Individualised funding continues to be the buzz word of this disability decade. It is truly a sign of how low things are in the disability community that new era solutions includes hyping new case management models that for many the benefits are problematic.
For 80-90 % of disability service clients will not be better off under individualised funding and Disability Speaks would caution consumers to proceed carefully and not be consumed by hype alone.
Can you imagine the furore that would erupt if the government announced that instead of improving Education systems to modern and acceptable levels they would simply move to package funding and shift management responsibility onto the parents of children to source and control their own education services.
Such an analogy is appropriate to today’s disability service world.
Service management is complex and complicated and comes with inherent risks and costs
Individualised funding is a service management approach and should be recognised only as such
It is not a solution to the chronic underfunding woes that dog the disability sector
Consumers need to be very careful about the future choices they are now being asked to make.
There is no doubt for some individualised funding and by extension self managed funding will be a major windfall.
For people with the acumen or the expertise to negotiate better service options may come out well in front
For others complexity, confusion and additional costs are guaranteed.
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