15th October 2018
This is ROBBY
Robby is a NDIS participant. He has a NDIS plan. Robby made his goal clear at his NDIS planning meeting. He wanted to find somewhere to live with his girlfriend Janet. Robby lived in a group home. His girlfriend Janet also lived there. He wanted more privacy. He wanted more independence.
This is STEVEN
Robby had a Support Coordinator for his NDIS plan. His name was Steven. The job of the Support Coordinator was to help Robby make his NDIS plan happen. Robby’s NDIS plan said that he had 40 hours of Support Coordination.
At the first meeting with his Support Coordinator, Robby brought his girlfriend along. He told Steven that he wanted to find somewhere new to live straight away.
Steven wrote a lot of notes. He nodded and agreed. Steven knew exactly what he had to do. Unfortunately, Steven did not tell Robby what the next steps were or how long things might take.
When the meeting was over Robby was so excited. He thought that he was about to move out and live with his girlfriend.
After one week Robby called Steven to ask when he could move house.
Steven told Robby that it will take over two months to find a new place.
Robby felt very disappointed. He did not understand why it would take so long. This meant he could not move to his house now. Robbie wondered why the Support Coordinator could not just find a house for them.
Robby went on to the internet. He found lots of houses. He could not understand why things were not happening more quickly for him.
Robby called Steven the next day to tell him he wanted to move now. But Steven told him he could not do that.
He felt that Steven was not listening to him. He decided to make a complaint. Robby called the Disability Services Commissioner.
What did the Disability Services Commissioner do to help Robby?
Robby was very unhappy when he contacted our office. We listened carefully and wrote down some information.
Robby felt that the Support Coordinator was not doing his job properly. Robby wanted to act right now. Robby said that he wanted another Support Coordinator.
We explained to Robby that this was his choice. He could do that if he wanted to. We also explained to Robby that we can talk to his Support Coordinator to find out a little bit more about the situation. Robby said it was okay for us to talk to Steven.
We rang Steven and asked him some questions.
Steven explained that it takes some time to find a house to rent. There were a few steps that needed to happen.
- The first step was getting an assessment to find out about Robby and Janet’s safety and accessibility needs, like did they need rails in the house or be close to a bus stop. Steven had called the person who would do the assessment, but they could not see Robby and Janet for two weeks.
- Another step was finding houses to rent. Steven found that there were not a lot of houses that would suit Robby and Janet. They might have to wait a few months to find the right house.
Steven was taking the right steps to make sure that a new house would be safe. We understood why things were taking time.
Steven was not very clear at the first meeting. He did not explain the steps to Robby. He did not explain how long it might take to find a new house.
We called Robby and told him what we learnt. Robby still felt disappointed but he understood the steps when we explained them to him.
Steven apologised. Steven also met with Robby. He apologised to Robby for not being clear. He explained the steps to Robby and how long it could take to find a house to rent.
After their meeting Robby understood that it may take more time to get his house with Janet and achieve his goals.
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