Authors: Kate Ball, Sean FitzGerald
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Change, Innovation, Reform,Lived Experience, Recovery,Funding – Changing Models, Systems
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Inner West Sydney Partners in Recovery (IWSPIR) from 2016 implemented an innovative Individual Capacity Building (ICB) Funding system for individuals accessing the PIR service. These individuals who are assessed by IWSPIR service have opportunity to access ICB Funding to support psychosocial disability. ICB funding was set up to address the gap in service provision at a time when many specialist services were closing down due to transition to the NDIS and the consequent loss of funding. As two speakers involved in the process from the perspective of a recipient of ICB funding, and a Support Facilitator for PIR, the process contrasts previous access to services in several ways, and is a proposed model for a potential funding approach for those who will not be eligible for NDIS packages and who are in danger of falling through the gaps. Although the ICB Funding was designed to support psychosocial disability, the process is potentially empowering for people by focusing on recovery goals and dreams through a system of person-led choice of services. These services are individualised and specialised to those stated goals, and potentially more responsive and directly accessed without waiting lists.
Learning Objective 1: Illustration of a proposed model of funding that has justification by points of difference to the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Funding (ILC) proposed by NDIA as a second tier of funding for those not eligible for NDIS packages. Illustrate by example of how such funding can be specifically designed to empower and enhance recovery through creative approaches.
Learning Objective 2: The points of difference between IWSPIR (Inner West Sydney Partners in Recovery) ICB (Individual Capacity Building) and ILC Funding (the second-tier, ‘Information and Linkages and Capacity Building’ funding support to NDIS packages) are relevant to mental health issues and services. ICB funding in practise goes a step further than ILC funding. There are people who would benefit greatly from specific support such as expensive services in high demand yet scarce, such as DBT. Funding for this would not be accessible, or the service readily available under ILC provisions, yet would be funded under the current (IWSPIR) ICB Funding. Other examples of creatively addressing need outside the scope of ILC (and not potentially NDIS funded) can be found in the ICB Funding experience in IWSPIR.
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