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Can I get a personal budget?

Last updated Wednesday, 2nd Mar 2011

You may be able to get a personal budget to help you with your social care needs. This section will help you work out whether you might be entitled to this kind of support.

You can find out more about personal budgets and how they might work for you on other parts of this website.

Fair Access to Care Services criteria

People may be able to get a personal budget following a community care assessment by a mental health professional. The mental health professional uses national eligibility criteria to work out whether the person is eligible for support with the social care needs that relate to their mental health difficulties.

The criteria used is set out in the government's framework called 'Fair Access to Care Services'. They are divided into four bands:

  • critical
  • substantial
  • moderate
  • low.

The criteria describe the seriousness of the risk to the person's independence and wellbeing or other consequences if their social care needs are not addressed.

If you live in Kent

You may be able to get a personal budget to help meet your social care needs - if they fall into the critical, substantial or moderate bands.

If you live in Medway

You may be able to get a personal budget to help meet your social care needs - if they fall into the critical or substantial bands. 

Community care assessment

The mental health professional and the person with mental health issues work through a community care assessment to help co-ordinate the support the person needs. If you had an assessment it may include:

  • your personal history, including any previous support that has worked for you.
  • your social history, including family details, what you like doing and whether you work.
  • the symptoms of your illness and how these are best managed.
  • your health and social needs.

The assessment takes into account the Fair Access to Care Services criteria together with criteria set by the primary health care trust and the mental health trust. They then consider the assessment information and make a professional judgment about whether the person is eligible for support with their social care needs.

 

CRITICAL SOCIAL CARE NEEDS

If you live in Kent or Medway and this describes your situation you may be able to get a personal budget.

Social care needs are assessed as critical when:

  • life is, or will be, threatened; and/or
  • significant health problems have developed or will develop; and/or
  • there is, or will be, little or no choice and control over vital aspects of the immediate environment; and/or
  • serious abuse or neglect has occurred or will occur; and/or
  • there is, or will be, an inability to carry out vital personal care or domestic routines; and/or
  • vital involvement in work, education or learning cannot or will not be sustained; and/or
  • vital social support systems and relationships cannot or will not be sustained; and/or
  • vital family and other social roles and responsibilities cannot or will not be undertaken.

SUBSTANTIAL SOCIAL CARE NEEDS

If you live in Kent or Medway and this describes your situation you may be able to get a personal budget.

Social care needs are assessed as substantial when:

  • there is, or will be, only partial choice and control over the immediate environment; and/or
  • abuse or neglect has occurred or will occur; and/or
  • there is, or will be, an inability to carry out the majority of personal care or domestic routines; and/or
  • involvement in many aspects of work, education or learning cannot or will not be sustained; and/or
  • the majority of social support systems and relationships cannot or will not be sustained; and/or
  • the majority of family and other social roles and responsibilities cannot or will not be undertaken.

MODERATE LEVEL SOCIAL CARE NEEDS

If you live in Kent and this describes your situation you may be able to get a personal budget.

Medway Council does not provide personal budgets to help with moderate level social care needs.

Social care needs are assessed as moderate when:

  • there is, or will be, an inability to carry out several personal care or domestic routines; and/or
  • involvement in several aspects of work, education or learning cannot or will not be sustained; and/or
  • several social support systems and relationships cannot or will not be sustained; and/or
  • several family and other social roles and responsibilities cannot or will not be undertaken.

 LOW LEVEL SOCIAL CARE NEEDS

Kent County Council and Medway Council do not provide personal budgets to help with low level social care needs.

Social care needs are assessed as low when:

  • there is, or will be, an inability to carry out one or two personal care or domestic routines; and/or
  • involvement in one or two aspects of work, education or learning cannot or will not be sustained; and/or
  • one or two social support systems and relationships cannot or will not be sustained; and/or
  • one or two family and other social roles and responsibilities cannot or will not be undertaken.

How can I found out more?

If you would like more help to understand how personal budgets work and whether you might be able to get one, please call the Signpost team on 01622 688003 or email us at .

 

 


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