Community Support Services
The CS#1 Community Support Services team provides a range of programs to support individuals and groups across Canberra and New South Wales.
ACT Community Assistance and Support Program (CASP)
CASP aims to enhance your health and wellbeing, and facilitate your independence and participation in the community. CASP provides individuals and their carers with support if they are finding daily living activities difficult due to a health issue. This health issue may be one that comes and goes (is episodic) or is short-term.
CASP will assist you by carrying out daily living activities for you, such as mowing the lawn or providing meals, or by supporting you to perform these activities yourself. These support services can help you to stay well and, where possible, prevent you from suffering a decline in health or needing to present to hospital. When you do go to hospital, these services will help you to return to your home safely following your stay.
Services that CS#1 offer under CASP can include: domestic assistance; food services; personal care; community participation and social support, information and advocacy; minor home maintenance and transport.
To be eligible for CASP you must live in the ACT, be under 65 years and require home and community support for daily living activities due to a health issue*.
People who may be eligible for CASP includes, but is not limited to, people with:
- an illness that comes and goes
- short-term health or mental health conditions
- a need for post-hospital care and support, or assistance with hospital outpatient visits
- a disability that is not of a ‘major and permanent’ nature (as required for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) eligibility)
- any combination of any number of these characteristics, and
- the unpaid carers and family members of any of the above individuals.
To receive services under the program, you cannot be receiving identical home and community care support services from another government program. If you are a current National Disability Insurance Scheme client, you may be eligible for CASP if you require additional support arising from a temporary health issue e.g. recovering from surgery.
* Important note: CASP cannot provide long-term, high level care or specialist mental health services.
Contact the CS#1 Community Support Services team on 1800 960 938 and we can discuss eligibility, discuss your needs and conduct an assessment.
Please note that there may be waiting times before you can access services or before services may start and although services are subsidised by the ACT Government, some fees may apply.
Other programs include:
Community Services #1 offers a variety of services to support individuals aged 65 years or over in our community. Click here to find out more.
Click here to view the calendar of events for our social support groups.
Click here to read the Summer edition of our Community Newsletter, The Supporter.