This is the Department of Human Services, Victoria, restriction on freedom of choice for people with disabilities and their families.
This all-powerful state government department uses its huge bucket of government/public funds to play its power-over-people game.
The Productivity Commission realised the only way to break this strangle-hold on vulnerable people by state governments, was to put ‘NDIS dollar-power’ in the pockets of consumers, by funding services through ISPs (Individual Support Packages).
With the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) some years away, if ever, state government power brokers, government departments like the DHS continue to enjoy their bevy of conflict of interest power over people – vulnerable people.
• “If we must have a DSR, why should a CSO (Community Service Organisation) not run this, rather that the DHS?”
• “What is the CSO answer to having no DSR or ‘Central Placement Allocation Process’, given the NDIS ISP service funding process is intended to give consumers freedom of choice – with the potential of improved service?”
• Why will the DHS not allow its existing group home residents freedom of choice, by allowing them to take the full level of their existing service provision bulk-funding, in an exit-package to seek a group home with the CSOs, or a good ‘SDA’ (Self Directed Approach)?”
Release of the full level of their existing service provision bulk-funding, the residents of an existing DHS group home could replace DHS staff, with CSO staff and a firm service level and quality contract to provide them with real and meaningful quality of life care.