Spectrum Care provides services for
children, young people and adults with disabilities, and their
Our services include 24-hour support for people living
in residential homes throughout the Auckland and Waikato regions, respite care for adults in the
Waikato and Bay of Plenty, and respite
care for children in Auckland.
We also offer specialised Home
Support, Transition and
services for people in the greater Auckland region, along
with a School
Holiday Programme of
activities for children.
of Choice and Choice
in Community Living programmes are specifically
focused on supporting people to their lives of
choice - lives like any other - in the community.
We also offer a
Our services are divided into
nine key areas:
in Community Living
Youth and Respite Services
Respite care for infants
How do people access services?
The Ministry of Health (MoH) is the
'funder' of disability support services.
The MoH uses agencies known as
the Disability Services Directorate and Disability
Support Services to allot this funding to regional Needs Assessment and Service Coordination
agencies (or NASCs).
In Auckland, the regional NASC is called Taikura Trust
and, in the Waikato, Disability Support Link (or DSL).
NASCs are the ‘gatekeepers’ for
MoH funding and these agencies allot funding to individuals according to a
conducted by the agency.
As the organisation that provides funding,
manages payments, refers
clients for services and assesses those individuals for
service provision, the regional NASC (eg Taikura Trust/DSL) is the
around which the entire disability support mechanism pivots.
The services provided to individuals with
- Community Residential Services
- Supported Independent Living
- Respite Services
- Carer Support
- Rehabilitation Services
support providers such as Spectrum Care offer some or all of these
services, by way of the funding provided by the NASC.
Some disability support providers offer
Regional Intellectual Disability Care and/or Individualised Funding
a parent or guardian decides to manage their loved one’s funding
directly, the NASC directs the funding to a provider of Individualised
Funding, such as Manawanui In Charge.
support providers such as Spectrum Care cannot, by law, pass
funding on to parents and/or guardians. This is the role of
Individualised Funding services.
Any issues arising from the
provision of funding and/or the services deemed appropriate for an
individual with a disability are the domain of the NASC agencies (ie
those who assess and allot funding and services).