CAE Validus organized a two-day training on individualized funding on the 13th and 14th of February 2016. The training was held by Patti Scott and Dave Hasbury, internationally recognized experts from Neighbours International, USA and Bojana Rozman, Ph.D., a consultant with many years of experience in the field of inclusion, person centered planning, service development and operation as well as service quality improvement. The training targeted managers, coordinators and accountants of service providers.
In order for people to live their lives in a way they want to and receive support that encourages their preferences, they should have the opportunity to manage their financial resources. Moving to an inclusive model of support there was a need to develop funding models that better correspond to the individualized needs and wishes of service users.
Unlike funding per capita (the so called “glavarina”), individualized funding aims to calculate the resources needed to support a particular person, in accordance with the support needs of that person.
The ability to manage their own financial resources allows a person with intellectual disabilities to choose and better define the extent of the support needed and who provides it, while at the same time creating new opportunities and demands for new services.
Although this individualized model of funding for people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities is not being implemented in Croatia, we believe that this training is necessary and coming at the right time, in the process of transformation of social welfare homes into the community-based service providers. In the motivated working atmosphere, the participants discussed about the possibilities of individualized funding under the existing legislation.
The representatives of the Centre for Inclusion Osijek, Association Susret, Centre for Rehabilitation Rijeka, Centre for Social Inclusion and Social Services Bjelovar, Centre for Inclusive Support Slavonski Brod, Centre for the community-based service provision Ozalj, Centre for community-based service provision Osijek “JA kao i TI“ and Association for Promoting Inclusion with its subsidiaries from Šibenik, Pakrac and Sisak.