Funding considerations for disabled tamariki
Updated: 09 July 2019
Information on funding when both disability and care and protection concerns are present.
How disability support services are funded
The Memorandum of Understanding between Oranga Tamariki and Health and Disability National Services, Ministry of Health addresses shared funding.
Key aspects of the Memorandum of Understanding include:
- In most circumstances, if tamariki are the custody of the chief executive then Oranga Tamariki funds the placement costs.
- Any disability supports put in place (like respite care for caregivers) by a Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) service will be funded by the Ministry of Health.
- A guiding principle agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding is that disability supports will not be reduced or curtailed as a result of an intervention from Oranga Tamariki, and that tamariki and rangatahi in care will be eligible for the same disability supports as any other tamaiti or rangatahi.
Specialised out-of-home placements for disabled tamariki
If a disabled tamaiti requires a specialised out-of-home placement, we must contact our regional disability advisor for assistance.
Section 141 care agreements
There will be a transition period for tamariki currently in a specialised out-of-home placement with a section 141 agreement. Before the start of the transition process we must speak to our regional disability advisor for individual case advice.