CHSP Funding Extension

Page last updated: 05 June 2018

CHSP Funding Extension

New CHSP Grant Agreements

Funding Conditions from 1 July 2018

Maximising Independence – wellness and reablement approaches

Wellness Report

Internal Report

Existing Clients

What has not changed?

Resources

Information for service providers in Victoria

More Information

CHSP Funding Extension 

Funding arrangements for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) are being extended for up to two years from 1 July 2018 (1 July 2019 in Victoria).

Two-year funding agreements will also be offered to eligible Home and Community Care (HACC) service providers in Western Australia, which are transitioning to the CHSP.

New CHSP Grant Agreements

New grant agreements under the CHSP will be offered using the new Commonwealth Standard Grant Agreement (SGA).

The department has started offering new CHSP grant agreements. These are being offered to existing CHSP service providers at existing funding levels. 

The extension does not provide funding for:

  • organisations to become new CHSP providers
  • existing CHSP providers to deliver more or new services.

Service providers should contact their Grant Agreement Manager if they have not received their Letter of Offer by late-May 2018.

Service providers must inform the department as soon as possible if they do not want to continue delivering services. These providers will need to start their transition-out plans during the current agreement period. Service providers are expected to deliver services to their clients until an alternative provider is in place.

Funding Conditions from 1 July 2018

In addition to the existing funding conditions, from 1 July 2018 (1 July 2019 in Victoria), CHSP funded service providers will be required to deliver against the following funding conditions: 

  • An annual wellness report on wellness and reablement approaches to service delivery; and
  • Provide data to the Department on all existing CHSP clients that are not registered with My Aged Care.

Maximising independence – wellness and reablement approaches

The CHSP was designed to be underpinned by a wellness approach to service delivery that should be embedded from assessment through to support planning and service delivery. 

Under the terms and conditions of the CHSP Grant Agreement from 1 July 2018, service providers will be required to deliver their CHSP services in line with existing program principles for maximising independence and wellness, including:

  • actively working towards embedding a wellness approach in their service delivery practices
  • reviewing the client’s Home Support Assessment and support plan documentation and ensuring that service provision is targeted towards assisting clients to achieve their agreed goals
  • offering choice to clients, where practicable, on their service delivery preferences
  • accepting referrals to deliver short-term services as well as ongoing services
  • entering the service provider service information in the My Aged Care client record (including start date, volume and frequency of services and the service end date if applicable)
  • reviewing the client’s support services (12 monthly as a minimum).

Wellness Report

The introduction of the annual wellness report on wellness and reablement approaches to service delivery is designed to assist the department to better understand how wellness approaches to service delivery are being implemented by individual CHSP service providers and whether there are any specific gaps in understanding. 

The initial report will provide the department with a baseline from which progress will be measured on an annual basis. 

The department is finalising the wellness report template, which will be sent to CHSP service providers by 31 August 2018. The report is not intended to be overly burdensome for service providers and will not require specific client level data to be included.  The wellness report will be due to the department by 31 October each year, with the first report due on 31 October 2018.

Further information on service provider responsibilities in relation to wellness and reablement is provided in Chapter 2 of the CHSP Program Manual 2018. 

The Living well at home: CHSP Good Practice Guide also provides useful information on how to embed a wellness approach within your organisation.

Internal audit

From 1 July 2018, the department will be undertaking an internal audit of up to 10 per cent of service provider’s service delivery data on My Aged Care and the Data Exchange. The audit will assist the department to better understand CHSP client pathways and to review whether the services delivered are assisting clients to meet their independence and wellness related goals as agreed in their support plans.

Existing Clients

Service providers with existing clients who are not yet registered on My Aged Care will be required to provide information on these clients to the department as outlined under Chapter 4 of the CHSP Program Manual 2018.

The department is investigating the most appropriate way to collect this data, which will take into consideration the potential impact on service providers and any privacy requirements.

What has not changed?

Under the terms and conditions of the new CHSP Grant Agreement, service providers are required to deliver their CHSP services in line with existing program principles, including:

  • The CHSP is an entry-level aged care program designed to provide small amounts of a single service or a few services to a large number of frail older people who require only a small amount of assistance to remain independent. 
  • Older people with more complex needs are out-of-scope for the CHSP and should be supported through other aged care programs such as the Home Care Packages (HCP) program, residential aged care, specialised aged care programs or the health care system. 
  • CHSP services can be delivered on a short-term, episodic or ongoing basis.
  • CHSP services should be delivered with a focus on activities that support independence and social connectedness and take into account a person’s individual goals, preferences and choices.
  • Entry and assessment for the CHSP is through My Aged Care.
  • New clients seeking access to aged care services must contact My Aged Care to discuss their aged care needs and have a client record created. 
  • Existing clients seeking new service types or significantly increased services must be referred to My Aged Care for a review before any new or additional services can be provided.
  • CHSP clients are expected to contribute to the cost of the services they receive if they can afford to do so, in line with the CHSP Client Contribution Framework. 

Resources

CHSP Program Manual 2018 – effective as of 1 July 2018

CHSP Guidelines 2018 – effective as of 1 July 2018

Webinar

On Thursday 24 May 2018, a webinar on the CHSP Funding Extension was held.  This webinar focused on providing information on the new funding conditions and clarifying existing policy. 

Information for CHSP service providers in Victoria

Funding arrangements for CHSP service providers in Victoria will continue until 30 June 2019. From 1 July 2019, Victorian service providers will transition to the new CHSP funding arrangements in line with national arrangements.

Existing CHSP service providers in Victoria who currently have CHSP funding agreements in place that end on 30 June 2018, will have their current funding agreements extended for twelve months, under the existing DSS Comprehensive Terms and Conditions, to 30 June 2019. These service providers will transition to the new CHSP grant agreement from 1 July 2019, in line with the rest of Victoria.

Victorian CHSP service providers should contact their Grant Agreement Manager if they have any questions or concerns regarding the CHSP extension.

More Information

Service providers should contact their existing Grant Agreement Managers in the first instance if they have any questions or concerns.