Community Assistance Temporary Supports (CATS)
The Community Assistance Temporary Supports has replaced the Community Assistance Support Program (CASP) and the Flexible Family Support (FFS) and Transitional Care programs.
Services provided through the Community Assistance Temporary Supports program include non-clinical supports for wellbeing, personal care including assistance with bathing or dressing, and help with other domestic tasks such as cooking and laundry.
The program connects people with existing community supports and longer-term services, such as the NDIS and the Commonwealth Home Support Program.
Six providers deliver the program’s core services:
· Carers ACT provide services that support carers and nurture care relationships, as well as a Warm Hospital Discharge service that provides connected support for people who are discharged from hospital to home.
· Northside Community Service deliver personal care, domestic assistance and food services.
· Life Without Barriers deliver personal care and domestic assistance.
· ACT Disability and Aged Care Advocacy Service (ADACAS) provide an individual advocacy service.
· Anglicare NSW South, NSW West & ACT deliver care coordination services.
· A consortium of Capital Region Community Services and Community Service #1 deliver care coordination, medical transport and a service that enables participants to transition to more appropriate programs, such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
To ensure service continuity for the most vulnerable Canberrans, the Government will offer two-month contract extensions to existing CASP providers from 1 October to 1 December.
For any inquiries related to the program changes, participants are encouraged to reach out to their current provider to receive further information about the transition.
For more information about Community Assistance and Temporary Supports, including information about the services and providers funded through the program, visit: www.health.act.gov.au/CATS.