Your Life Your Choice Host Providers - Disability Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

Your Life Your Choice Host Providers

Connect Me

Available to

Metro and Greater Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Somerset Region, Bundaberg Gympie, Burnett and Fraser Coast

Target group

All people with a disability aged 0-65 years.

Organisational Information

Connections Inc is a community based not-for-profit organisation establishment in 1993. The organisation's mission is to improve mental health in the community. Connections operates from main offices in Caboolture, however, service areas include Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast.

Host Provider Model

Connect Me will be operated independently but will be supported by Connections. Connect Me is committed to ensuring people retain control over their own lives by having primary involvement in and influence over decisions that impact them - including the services they require. Connect Me is committed to service excellence in a manner that is consistent with the principles of self-determination, dignity of risk and duty of care. Every person will be encouraged and supported to develop strategies that enable them to manage their mental health and recovery. Connect Me acknowledges its responsibility to respond to the individual need of each client, and to ensure that each person's plan is guided by individual goals and aspirations.

Fee Structure

Initial Consultation

All packages include a free initial two hour consultation.

Simple Start - Completely self-directed (4% of total package)

This package includes:

  1. Complete Connect Me Participant Agreement.
  2. An initial meeting will be held with you to develop a Connect Me Recovery Plan.
  3. Explanation of reasonable and necessary supports will be explained to you at this meeting.
  4. Once categories of support are identified, Connect Me will provide you with a contact list of local providers/services.
  5. You will choose and engage your services.
  6. You will be provided with financial templates with easy to follow instructions.
  7. You will be responsible for completing your budget and will issue Connect Me with a copy.
  8. You will need to keep copies of all invoices and receipts and provide to Connect Me monthly.
  9. You will be required to issue Connect me with a statement of projected spending (template supplied) for the next month along with the completed template from the previous month. Connect Me will then deposit the balance into their nominated account.
  10. You will be responsible for making payments.
  11. Connect Me will reconcile accounts and complete required acquittals.
  12. Connect Me will safely store all paperwork.
  13. Connect Me will engage with the participant to complete a six-monthly review.
  14. At 12 months a formal review will be undertaken of all of the above.

Lite - Partially self-directed (5% of total package)

This package includes the services and agreements above plus:

  1. Connect Me will be responsible for contracting the relevant identified services for you, and will manage on-going relationships.
  2. You will need to keep copies of all invoices and receipts and provide to Connect Me monthly.
  3. All relevant paperwork and financial information relevant to purchasing by Connect Me will be maintained and managed by Connect Me.

Plus - Partially self-directed (9% of total package)

This package includes the services and agreements plus:

  1. You will be responsible for making your allocated payments.
  2. You and Connect Me will have determined who is responsible for which areas of support/service being contracted - this will be written in the plan.
  3. Connect Me will be responsible for contracting their relevant identified services for participant and will manage ongoing relationships.
  4. Connect Me in consultation with you will develop the budget.
  5. Connect Me will monitor the budget and provide a quarterly report.

Extra - Partially self-directed (9.5% of total package)

This package includes the services and agreements plus:

  1. Connect Me will make all financial payments to contractors.
  2. All relevant paperwork and financial information will be maintained and managed by Connect Me.
  3. Connect Me in consultation with you will develop the budget.
  4. Connect Me monitors the budget and provides monthly reports to you.

Ultimate - Fully managed (11% of total package)

This package includes the services and agreements plus:

  1. Connect Me will have an initial meeting with you to develop the Connect Me Recovery Plan which includes identifying formal, informal and mainstream supports you require). Information gathered in the first initial consultation will be explored further with you to determine the types of support you would like.
  2. Connect Me will make all payments on behalf of the participant.
  3. Connect Me monitors budget and provides monthly report to the participant.

Additional fees

  • Case management support - $65/hr
  • Budgeting - $65/hr
  • Peer mentoring - $65/hr
  • Training - $65/hr/individual, $40/hr/group

Website

http://www.connectionsinc.org.au

ABN

28307942106

Contacts

Contact name:
Karen Thomas-Goldsmith
Contact position:
General Manager
Contact phone:
07 5495 3472
Contact email:
karen@connectionsinc.org.au

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