The Canberra Liberals are calling on the ACT Labor government to continue to provide services through Therapy ACT, including early intervention services, for a further 12 months before withdrawing from its role as a service provider. In essence this would see early intervention services continuing as is until the end of the 2015 school year.
“After listening to families affected by proposed changes to early intervention services, my colleagues and I are committed to ensuring that no one is left behind as a result of poor planning by the ACT government,” Shadow Minister for Disability Andrew Wall said today.
“My colleagues and I are calling on Katy Gallagher and Joy Burch to ensure that no service currently provided by Therapy ACT and the ACT government is discontinued until they have outlined to the community exactly how replacement services will be implemented.
“It is essential that non-government service providers are given sufficient opportunity to establish operations here in the ACT, this would ensure that the ACT government does not create gaps in services as they wind up their role as the main service provider.
“Timing is crucial for anyone needing early intervention and therapy, especially children. It is vitally important that replacement services are well established prior to any changes to current government provided services.
“The commencement of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trial here in the ACT marks the beginning of an exciting future for people with a disability and continues to receive bipartisan support.
“Families need to know who will provide services, where the services will be and the requirements for accessing these services well before any changes are implemented,” Mr Wall concluded.