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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 28 October 2010) . . Page.. 5358 ..


(3) How many families abandoned a child/offspring, possibly adult, with a disability in each of the last ten years and what (a) is the age breakdown of the children/offspring with a disability who were abandoned by their family, (b) disabilities did the children/offspring have and (c) activities outside the home were the children/offspring with a disability who were abandoned engaged in and for how much of the time.

(4) What is the current level of need, both met and unmet, for day time care and support for adults with a severe or profound disability.

(5) How can families of adults with a disability register their need for day care so that the person’s carers can work.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. Accommodation Support places between 2003 – 2011 have increased by 134 places or an average of 17 places annually over an 8 year period. Data prior to this period was under ACT Health and Community care and I do not have those figures available.

2. All separations are planned and undertaken in consultation with the individual and/or the family regardless of the circumstances. During the period 2003-2011, growth in Community Support (case management and planning services) has grown by 500 places.

Given the complexity and the long term nature of the interaction between the Department and individual and/or family involved it is very difficult to give precise times that transition took place for the 134 accommodation support places. I am not prepared to authorise the use of considerable resources that would be involved in providing the additional detailed information required to answer the Member’s question.

The Précis of Disability Funding Model (Item 2.5 Natural Support Failure) (www.dhcs.act.gov.au/disability_act/publications/funding_model) anticipates that annually approximately 11 families or individuals will have a breakdown of their formal or natural supports and require either an emergency or crisis intervention. This intervention may be in the form of additional therapeutic, personal or respite support to the individual or their carer; a temporary placement in centre based respite environment; or a permanent accommodation support placement. This funding model reflect years 2004 data and the model is being updated and new information will be on the website by end of 2010.

3. All separations are planned and done in consultation with the individual and/or the family regardless of the circumstances.

This information is collected in an individual’s comprehensive needs assessment tool (Inventory for Client and Agency Planning -ICAP).

Generally the profile of an individual who may be requiring an emergency or crisis response, whether in or out of home, are young males (16 – 24 years) who have an intellectual disability with a dual diagnosis usually of a behavioural nature. However to answer this question accurately would require an analysis of every support needs assessment undertaken by the Department over the past 10 years as the age range is wide and varied; each individual and family’s circumstances are quite unique; and each individual is generally engaged in a range of formal and informal supports. I am not


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