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Berrigan Early Intervention Service set to be transferred


Berrigan Shire Council’s Early Childhood Intervention Service is set to transfer its operations to regional disability service provider Kurrajong.

 Director of Corporate Services, Matthew Hansen said that the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) meant that there would be no guaranteed funding for Council to continue to operate the service in the NDIS scheme’s competitive open market environment.

 In light of these changes Council at their December, 2016 meeting resolved to work with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services to seek another organisation to auspice the Berrigan Early Childhood Intervention Service.

Expressions of interest were called from selected non-government service organisations in the Riverina and/or Murray regions who currently deliver early childhood intervention services.

That process led to Council and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services jointly selecting Kurrajong to assume responsibility for the Berrigan Early Childhood Intervention service and for its transition into the NDIS, Mr. Hansen said.

The change according to Mr. Hansen is set to provide further opportunities to strengthen and expand the services that have been provided for babies and young children in the Shires of Berrigan, and former Shires of Jerilderie and Urana.

“Kurrajong has a proven track record of delivering excellent, comprehensive early childhood intervention services across the Riverina and Murray area through their Kurrajong Therapy Plus service”.

With its headquarters in Wagga Wagga, Kurrajong is one of the largest regional disability organisations’ in country NSW and has been operating for over 60 years. The organisation provides an extensive range of services to over 1,300 babies, children and adults with disability in their local communities including: early childhood intervention services, supported living and accommodation services, respite care services, counselling, adult day services as well as supported employment.

Kurrajong’s Chief Executive Officer, Steve Jaques said that the organisation was looking forward to working to improve and enhance the essential early childhood intervention services that local families in Berrigan and surrounding Shires require.

Mr. Jaques said that it was important for families and the local community to be assured that services would continue to be provided locally, supported by excellent local staff.

“It is our intention to retain the current local staff to assist us in helping families transition into the NDIS. They have done a great job to date and instead of working with some isolation they will now be directly receiving the support, professional backup and expertise of our Kurrajong Therapy Plus team”.

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services is presently processing the transfer of auspice which is expected to be completed in early August.

About the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS is set to revolutionise disability service funding and service provision in Australia with all State and Territory governments transferring their disability funding to the Commonwealth who will administer the NDIS scheme. Eligible people with a disability will have choices in choosing the service supports that best meet their individual needs and circumstances. They will also have a choice in choosing the service provider from which to receive these supports.

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