Another new funding announcement from DADHC is for the Extended Family Support Program. In a media release dated 13th October, the Minister for Disability Services, Paul Lynch announced the $5million program:
Families of children with challenging behaviours who are experiencing significant stress and at risk of relinquishing care to manage day-to-day demands will receive $5 million in extra help from the NSW Government.
Minister for Disability Services Paul Lynch said the extra $5 million would help at least 100 families, depending on the level of support they needed.
“The funding provides services tailored to a family’s individual circumstances so they can maintain the care of their child or young person,” Mr Lynch said.
“Caring for a child with challenging behaviours or high support needs, places enormous stress on a family and sometimes they find it extremely difficult to cope,” he said.
The funding would allow case managers to extend support to families with a high need and in some cases provide out of home placements.
Extended support could also include access to:
• extra regular respite or activities that provided a respite effect
• additional in-home support
• additional, or more intensive, behaviour management support
• problem-solving around school issues
Click here for the full text of the Minister's media release, and here for details of the funding allocated to particular regions.