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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2981 ..

(2) In addition to respite care services, long-term accommodation services available to people with acquired brain injury include:

7 long-term supported accommodation places with a focus on rehabilitation are available at the Dorothy Sales Cottages.

4 long-term supported accommodation places provided by the National Brain Injury Foundation.

12 long-term supported accommodation places available in purpose built ACT Housing accommodation which was established to meet the needs of younger people in nursing homes. People with multiple disabilities, including acquired brain injury, fill the majority of these places.

In addition to supported accommodation services specifically targeted to people with acquired brain injury, there is a range of community based services providing accommodation support, domestic support and personal care to people with disabilities, including people with acquired brain injury, in their own homes.

(3) Services or programs available or currently being developed to assist carers of people with acquired brain injury coping with challenging and/or aggressive behaviours, include:

Professional services provided by ACT Community Care, including assessment, advice and support services provided by social workers, occupational therapists and psychologists and other professionals.

A range of community based disability services including supported accommodation, respite care, community access and recreation, personal care and domestic assistance, as well as community and subsidized transport services.

Funding of over $200,000 per annum is provided for respite care to carers of adults and children affected by mental illness/dysfunction.

A crisis response, when required, for the safe management of challenging/aggressive behaviours, is provided by the Mental Health Crisis Team.

(3)(b) Services or programs currently being developed to support people with disabilities, include:

Additional respite care services to mature or aging carers. An additional $1.69 million in recurrent funding under the Disability Services funding program is available to provide additional services to mature carers.

In addition, there is new recurrent funding of approximately $600,000 under the Home and Community Care program, to expand personal care and domestic assistance to the frail aged, people with disabilities and their carers.

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