What are NASCs?

Needs Assessment and Service Coordination services (NASCs) are organisations contracted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to:

  • Determine eligibility for MOH-funded support services
  • Advise what disability support services are available and help with referrals
  • Identify your strengths and support needs and allocate services

The NASC process

Initially, a NASC Assessor will arrange to meet with you to assess what supports are needed, your goals and priorities. Your family/whānau and/or supporters may also be part of this process.

Next, when the needs assessment is completed, a NASC Service Coordinator provides options that align with the goals you identified during the initial needs assessment.

The NASC will then refer you to a provider of the services identified as being able to meet your needs. You may be provided with a choice of service provider which will depend on:

  • Your disability
  • Your age
  • The supports you're eligible for
  • What is available in your area

IDEA Services offers services throughout New Zealand and after you’ve spoken to a NASC we are very happy to talk to you about what is available in your region.

More information

Phone 0800 693 342 to connect to your nearest Centre or visit the NZ Federation of Disability Information Centres for contact details.

To find out more about needs assessments, visit the Ministry of Health website.