Two new houses provide opportunity to increase Identitywa’s outreach
In October 2013, the Minister for Disability Services, the Hon Helen Morton, MLC announced a restructure of disability accommodation services with an expanded role for non-government and not-for-profit organisations.
She stated that the restructure would see a reduction in accommodation places offered by the Disability Services Commission (DSC), with a gradual transition to non-government organisations.
She also said the move would give West Australians with disability more choice when it came to selecting accommodation, and was in line with the principles of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
“Non-government disability sector organisations are well placed to participate in the effective delivery of services to people with disability.
“The value and quality of services provided by non-government disability sector organisations has long been recognised and is demonstrated by the increasing proportion of specialist disability supports and services that are being purchased by Government from WA’s strong disability sector.”
Identitywa was one of the organisations who have agreed to take over DSC homes and has already been working with DSC on the first one which is home to four women.
After months of planning and meetings with DSC staff and families to ensure that the transition between agencies did not adversely impact on them, Identitywa staff commenced support in the home in early October.
Manager of Services, Lee-Anne Brenssell explains: “The transition from DSC to Identitywa was seamless due to the incredibly detailed hand over both organisations committed to.
“We pride ourselves on offering greater choice and control to families and therefore have been totally dedicated to the transition process going well and continuing to offer the high quality support we have built our reputation on,” said Lee-Anne.
In addition to the DSC home, another house also became available to Identitywa via the Housing Authority during the year. After minor renovations have been completed, it will be the new home for three young men who happen to share a love of sport, technology, work, and going out whenever they have the chance.
“Our staff are currently working with the men and their families to ensure they have individualised and flexible supports, tailored specifically to meet their personal needs and their goals,” said Lee-Anne.
“This is very exciting for all involved as it will be the first time they have lived independently.
“As always, we feel honoured when people choose us to support them in providing the best quality of life and opportunities for their family member,”
“We are very much looking forward to them moving in to their new home and sharing this experience with them.”
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