Personalised budget demonstration projects coming soon

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Inclusion Ireland attended a briefing (08/08/19) by the HSE on the roll out of the personalised budget demonstration projects.

The report of the Taskforce on Personalised Budgets, published last year, defined a personalised budget as “an amount of funding which is allocated by the HSE to an eligible person with a disability so that the individual can make their own arrangements to meet specified support needs, instead of having their needs met directly for them by the State”.

The Taskforce report recommended that there should be a number of demonstration, or pilot, projects rolled out to test different models of delivering personal budgets.

Who can apply?

All adults who are currently receiving some form of HSE funded disability services (residential, day service, respite, PA services and so on) are allowed to apply.

Young people who are leaving school in 2019 that have a commitment to a HSE funded day service, can also apply.

The demonstration project is not open to children, people who are receiving older person’s services or people who are not currently receiving any HSE funded disability service.

How can I find out more and how can I apply?

The HSE is looking for 180 adults with disabilities to participate in the project over a two-year period.

They are looking for 90 people to take part in ‘Phase 1’.

The closing date for expressions of interest for Phase 1 is 16th October 2019. The next phase starts in April 2020.

The HSE is developing a website and easy to read information for people who are interesting in taking part. It is expected that this will be available from September.

To find out more, get in touch with the Personalised Budgets Demonstration Projects Office by email: pbdemo@hse.ie or by phone: 01 6352885

You can also write the them at: Personalised Budgets Demonstration Projects Office, Community Strategy and Planning, Health Service Executive, Block D, Parkgate Business Centre, Parkgate Street, Dublin, D08 YFF1 

For more information on the Taskforce, follow this link:

https://health.gov.ie/disabilities/task-force-on-personalised-budgets/