Your Life Your Choice
The following 10 points must be considered and form the basis for the YLYC program;
- Good Planning
- Working together in co-creation and collaboration
- Promoting personal choice and control
- Supporting changes in capacity
- Having flexibility
- Being accountable
- Encouraging peer support
- Purchasing reasonable and necessary support
- Supporting community connections
- Ensuring safeguards
Good planning is imperative and this process will commence with the first pre-establishment meeting. This will provide the skeleton for the Establishment Meeting.
At the Establishment Meeting Tardiss will review the funding package with the participant to ensure all parties understand the package and the outputs required as a result of the package. This may also include additional contact with the Department to ensure all facts and figures are correctly understood. It is also very important that all concerned understand the fundamentals of the Your Life Your Choice program, that the participant has rights and choices.
As part of this process Tardiss will complete a Needs and Identification Form to ensure all relevant information is captured and recorded. This is a very valuable process working with all involved.
A service agreement will then be established with input and direction from the participant. This agreement will include all relevant particulars of the parties, their roles, responsibilities and their respective obligations within the agreement. The agreement will include any communication requirements and how that will be achieved, on what basis and how regular. It will also address the responsibilities of payment of services and any reporting requirements.
As part of the planning process at a minimum, a person’s plan for their support and funding will need to include:
- What services categories the person has been assessed to receive
- The amount of funding the person has
- The person’s priorities or goals
- What supports and services the person will buy to meet their assessed need
- Where the supports and services will be bought from
Working together in co-creation and collaboration
Tardiss acknowledges that it may not initially have all the information required to provide the best outcome for the participant. Therefore we will need to ensure that all consideration is given to understanding the person’s current situation, working with the participant to understand their position, and working with family, other formal and informal support groups to deliver the best outcome for their needs.
Promoting personal choice and control
Choice is not an option but a right. All effort must be directed to providing the participant with choice, ensuring that they and their family are provided with as much choice as reasonably expected. It must also be understood that in some cases further assistance may be required in helping the participant with the choice.
Supporting changes in capacity
Part of the Tardiss/Participant agreement is acknowledging that things can change and that any change both positive or negative should be identified as soon as possible and the appropriate changes put in place. It is most likely any changes will be identified at quarterly reviews however this may not always be the case. Any identified changes should be raised immediately and dialogue encouraged to address any issues.
Having flexibility is a cornerstone of the YLYC program and participants/families along with Tardiss need to be encouraged to think outside the box, responding to any alternative support in the use of funded resources creatively and in a timely manner.
As with all Tardiss policies and procedures, being accountable is of high priority. This accountability will extend to any dealings with YLYC participants. This accountability needs to be a two way street with participants. Tardiss must also ensure that the appropriate, schedules, forms, etc. are in place and that they are uncomplicated and available to the participants at all times.
Encouraging peer support
Tardiss will encourage peer support by providing information of other participants (appropriate approval must be obtained) and any known networks. This will also help other relationships and perhaps spur new and exciting ideas for the provision of service.
Purchasing reasonable and necessary support
Prior to the purchase of reasonable and necessary support it needs to be understood what support is suitable and appropriate. To help consider this the following questions should be asked:
- Is the support or service you intend to buy related to the person’s Disability Services assessed needs (service category)?
- Does it relate to their goals and priorities?
- Is it of direct benefit to them?
- Is it required as a result of their disability?
- Is it able to be purchased with Disability Services funding?
- Is it the best value, taking into account cost, quality and availability?
Disability Services funding cannot be used as income support or for:
- Supports and services funded by other local, state and commonwealth government programs
- Day-to-day living expenses (i.e. electricity, gas, telephone, internet, general household fittings, furniture and whitegoods not used by the person with a disability in meeting their disability support needs, food, groceries, rent or the purchase, running or maintenance costs of vehicles).
- Illegal activities, gambling or activities that are harmful to your health (i.e. cigarettes).
They can buy services and supports from within their assessed NMDS service category. The NMDS service categories are:
- Accommodation support
- Community support
- Community access
- Advocacy, information and alternative forms of communication and other support
Supporting community connections
Tardiss will work with the participant and family to identify community connections that could enhance the participant’s quality of life by developing lasting relations through local community connections.
Tardiss will do the utmost to ensure the participants’ safeguards are in place to reduce potential vulnerabilities. This will be achieved by good planning, regular reviews and proper scrutiny of all service provision prior to supports be delivered.
Principles of Service
Tardiss has Principles of Service based on the Charter and the Values.
Tardiss believes that families/guardians have within them a positive vision for their person with a disability to live a full and valued life, filled with opportunity. Each family’s vision is unique, created from its cultural background, language, stories, values, expectations and priorities.
Natural Authority of Families/Guardians
Because of their long-term relationship, families/guardians and enduring friends have a natural authority to assist the person with a disability to choose the type, quality and level of support he or she needs to live a full and ordinary life within their community.
Each individual and family has unique strengths and skills and the capacity to be creative, competent and capable, given appropriate support.
When families/guardians and Tardiss embrace both their authority and the task of building a good life for people with a disability, they will work in rights focused relationship based on trust and respect.
To reach that vision, families/guardians must plan for now, tomorrow and the future, and can be supported to do this by their friends, natural networks and Tardiss.
The first and foremost work of Tardiss is to listen to what families/guardians are saying (and not saying). Families/guardians often know the answer to problems and can be supported to find good strategies and solutions.
Flexibility of service response leads to the right amount of support, in the right manner, at the right time, with the right people.
Families/guardians need timely, open, honest and clear communication about what matters to them. Tardiss is committed to proactivity and interactivity.
Tardiss works in a way that leads to relationships with families/guardians where life’s experiences are shared and in this way, benefits are reciprocal.
Leadership and Mentoring
Tardiss is committed to make positive community change and take leadership in order to meet the changing needs of people with a disability and their families/guardians.
Imagine and Vision
The future will be shaped by what we imagine today to be a better life for people with a disability and their families/guardians.
Tardiss provides service in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable way, which is meaningful and effective.