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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 9 Hansard (21 September) . . Page.. 3092..

(2) Staff will identify the areas of incompatibility and with advice from therapists and family implement strategies to alleviate areas of incompatibility. These strategies are incorporated into residents' Individual Plans.

(3) Disability ACT works closely with the individuals involved, the families and the staff to assess any systemic issues which may be contributing to incompatibility. A range of options is explored, based on the individual needs of residents. Options considered may include a different model of support.

Disability ACT

(Question No 1186)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 22 August 2006:

(1) Has a Needs Assessment Instrument (NAI) been implemented by Disability ACT to assist with determining or guiding criteria used to allow clients to access the Disability Program;

(2) If so, how does the NAI assess differing levels of disability or clarify which individuals are measured as having the greatest relative need to access the Disability Program.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Eligibility for access to a vacancy in the Accommodation Support Service ('Disability Program') is determined by the following criterion:

  • the person's current supports are not sustainable,
  • they have high and complex needs,
  • they are willing to be accommodated within this model of service; and
  • no other service in the ACT is able to provide the services.

When a formal assessment of need is required the assessing officer uses a tool that is a combination of the American Support Intensity Scale and the Australian Support Classification and Assessment of Needs Instrument.

(2) This assessment tool is not used to determine priority of eligibility for supported accommodation.

Disability ACT

(Question No 1187)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 22 August 2006:

(1) If a staff vacancy occurs within an individual Disability Group Home, what form of recruiting process is undertaken by Disability ACT to find a suitable replacement;

(2) What role or input does the parent or guardian of a resident in a particular Disability Group Home have in the decision-making process of filling a staff vacancy.

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