Providing continuity of support through CHSP

Page last updated: 17 January 2017

Responsibility for managing the funding for support services used by people with disability is shifting from state and territory governments to the Australian Government as part of the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The NDIS is only available to people under the age of 65 at the time of its roll-out in a region. However, the Australian Government will ensure that older people with disability accessing state-administered specialist disability services (SDS) who are not eligible for the NDIS will continue to receive current support services with funding from either a new CoS Programme or the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

Continuity of support through CHSP

If you are currently providing state-administered SDS and are an existing service provider under the CHSP then you can provide continuity of support through that program if:

  • you can suitably support your client/s in scope for continuity of support under the CHSP;
  • you have explained what this means to your client/s;
  • your client/s have given their consent to have their support funded under the CHSP, rather than the CoS Programme; and
  • your client’s current service types align to those offered through the CHSP and their level of current service will stay the same.

You may already have an idea of whether or not your older specialist disability services clients could be suitably supported under the CHSP.  Your Department of Health Grant Agreement Manager will also discuss this option with you if the information you have provided to the department on the level and type of services shows that your clients may be suitable for the CHSP.

Benefits of my client’s supports being funded under CHSP

Being funded to support your in-scope clients under the CHSP rather than the CoS Programme means you may only need to manage your existing funding agreement rather than entering into a separate funding agreement for the CoS Programme.  

In addition, there are some benefits compared to support services being funded under the CoS Programme, especially if your client/s might need increased supports in the future or if they only use services occasionally:

  • The CoS Programme is a small program and its funding is not expected to increase over time. Support available under the CoS Programme is generally limited to continuing the levels and types of support that were in place when the NDIS was rolled out.
  • Because the CHSP is a larger programme and because it is part of the broader Commonwealth aged care system, if a client’s needs change it will be easier to access additional aged care services and support.
  • If a client only accesses services from time to time then the CHSP may be a better option for them too. In the CoS Programme if a person hasn’t accessed a service for 12 months they would need to reapply for supports available within the aged care system.

Funding continuity of support clients under CHSP

These additional clients would be funded through surplus funding and service capacity within your existing CHSP funding agreement. If there is no existing surplus, your existing CHSP funding agreement would be varied to reflect these additional clients and funding. Your Grant Agreement Manager will discuss the appropriate funding arrangements with you in more detail.

Client contributions

Clients will not need to pay any more for their current services under the CHSP or CoS than they have been paying under their current specialist disability services arrangements (subject to CPI increases). If they do not pay fees now, then they would not pay fees under the CHSP.  This is to ensure the principle of continuity of support. If a client does not pay fees now, then they will not pay fees under either of these programs.

Eligibility for CHSP

Clients will not be required to undergo an eligibility assessment under My Aged Care if they choose to have their support funded under the CHSP rather than the CoS Programme. However, once they are a CHSP client, if their needs change, they will be able to have their needs assessed and the services and supports required reviewed as needed.

Transferring clients to CHSP funding

It is a client’s choice to have their support funded under the CHSP, rather than under the CoS Programme. If CHSP funding is suitable for your client/s, you are encouraged to discuss this option with them. Each client needs to give their consent before the transfer to CHSP funding can be made. Your Grant Agreement Manager will work with you throughout the transition process to put the appropriate funding arrangement in place.

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