Home and Community Care - Program for Younger People Media Response
Questions and Responses
Can you please give me a brief overview of what council does in the program?
The main types of services provided through the Home and Community Care – Program for Younger People (HACC–PYP) are personal care, help with domestic jobs around the house, respite services for families and carers and food services.
How long has council been taking part/running it?
Council has been delivering the HACC program, which includes the Program for Younger People (PYP), for more than 30 years. The clients of this service are mainly aged over 65 but around 15% are people under 65 who have a disability. Currently there are around 300 people under 65 who are supported by the HACC-PYP program. There have been some people who have already moved over to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Not all of our clients are eligible for the NDIS.
Why is council not continuing it?
At its November 2017 meeting, Council decided to stop the delivery of the program unless funding certainty could be negotiated with the State Government. This was not an easy decision for Council to make but without a commitment from from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to fund a minimum of 70% of our current funding we simply could not continue to provide the program. Without that funding commitment there would be a shortfall of approximately $500,000, which we would have to fund from our own budget and that would mean cutting back on other services or projects to find that money.
This does not mean the service to Monash residents will stop. They will still receive the service, but it will be from another provider determined by the State Government. We met with DHHS representatives last week and were assured of their commitment to provide a smooth transition for the people who use this program.
Issued: Wednesday, 17March 2018.
To: Monash Leader.
Quoting: Mayor, Councillor Paul Klisaris