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Country Home Advocacy Project Inc: Balaklava

By Appointment, Balaklava, SA, 5461

Historical Overview of CHAP Country Home Advocacy Project Inc (CHAP) came into existence as a result of lobbying for additional resources for community services by four rural hospitals in the Lower Mid North of South Australia. The coalition - Angaston, Clare, Balaklava and Hutchinson (Gawler) Hospitals - was invited to participate in a "two year, once off" Home and Community Care (HACC) pilot programme. This Project was to trial the then new service model, Community Options (COp) pioneered in Wisconsin, United States of America. In May 1989 this coalition established CHAP with each partner being a member of the Auspice body to oversee the Project. Within two years the Project was reviewed by Independent Commonwealth Evaluators and became an accredited agency for HACC recurrent funding. A Board of Management now leads CHAP and delegates operational responsibility to the Chief Executive Officer. Board membership is sought from people with relevant skills and commitment from within the communities that are serviced. Initially the five staff members were accommodated in each Auspice's Health Service. Now there are three regional offices with approximately 30 staff. Being an independent non-government organisation (NGO) enables CHAP to work closely with a range of partners, yet at the same time is an advocate for communities, groups and individuals. CHAP sustains a broad vision of supporting individuals in achieving a quality lifestyle in a way that is meaningful to them. The organisation is proud of its record of being at the forefront of servicing rural communities where often the most basic infrastructure is not the "norm". CHAP was established based on the brokerage model to deliver client services. All in-home services are negotiated between the Co-ordinator and the client, which leads to the development of a Contract for Services. Independent Contractors are brokered on behalf of the client to provide the support necessary to address the assessed needs of the individual client to assist them in their desire to remain living in the community. Currently approximately 350 independent contractors are registered with CHAP.


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