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May 01, 2019

Billy

Billy was referred to Illawarra Shoalhaven Partners in Recovery (ISPIR) by the NSW Department of Housing in 2017 with complex needs. Billy had become homeless after the death of his mother and despite being diagnosed with an Intellectual disability, Bipolar Disorder, Spina Bifida, Agoraphobia, Anxiety and Depression - Centrelink had declined his Disability Support Pension (DSP) numerous times. Billy was struggling financially as a result and found it difficult to find suitable accommodation for himself and his registered companion animal – a dog named ‘Jack’, as well as his parrot ‘Fletch’. It was clear that the death of Billy’s mum had left a big hole in his life and he was dealing with that grief on top of everything else. Billy’s ISPIR Support Coordinator immediately set out to get appropriate supports in place for Billy to assist in his recovery journey. They advocated for him to receive a DSP, which was granted - enabling him to pay all his debts and buy a car to help him get out and about.

They also linked him with an Occupational Therapist (OT) at Grand Pacific Health (GPH), as well as Psychologist and helped him be rehoused into a lovely 1 bedroom unit through the Housing Trust. He was also supported to apply for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which he has now been granted and is able to access the pain management interventions he needs with his funding. Billy highly recommends the ISPIR program and its lead agency Grand Pacific Health, for everything they have helped him achieve and in particular his OT Kellie Simpson. Kellie describes her experience of working with Billy as rewarding: “Billy reminds me that it is worth advocating and completing reports for people in order to see them as happy and settled as he is.”

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