I Believe in the ACFB Fund! Do You?

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For many private practice therapists, getting involved with streams of funding for your clients can be a great source of referrals to your business. Gumboot, WINZ, ACC, and EAP, to name a few, bring with them a name, money, and reputation. Potential clients see that you’re accredited with ACC and they know to expect a quality, professional, vetted service for X amount of time.

What do you do when what the funding stream is willing to pay for your time doesn’t meet your cost per session? Do you take the pay cut, happy to have clients. Or do they have a copay, such as with some insurance plans?

Introducing: The ACFB Fund!

The ACFB Fund seeks to change the idea that a mental health professional’s time is equally defined. As a therapist with the ACFB Fund, you are paid your stated rate for every session – no matter what that cost is.

I obviously need to put a disclaimer here that there will be SOME limits on this. We do know market rates for these types of services and understand when someone is trying to cheat the system. We won’t allow that. The idea is that your stated rate is your stated rate for a reason. Time, calculations, and much thought went into choosing a normal session rate, and we plan to always respect that (within reason).

How does the ACFB Fund help my clients?

Imagine if you will, a fairly typical situation with a client needing support. They’ve come in with some sort of funding (EAP, Gumboot, WINZ) but cannot continue to receive this funding anymore. It’s been exhausted. You offer the client the ability to stay on if they are able to self-pay, which sadly, with their financial situation is just not the case. You’ve looked into other options but none are available.

What typically happens in this situation? The client exits therapy without finishing treatment. The problems in their life persist and create more chaos which gives the person a bad view of the mental health system in New Zealand. Do you think the next time they are in this situation that they are going to be likely to reach out? Likely not.

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ACFB Fund to the Rescue!!

Now let’s rewind slightly. When no more options are available, that’s where the ACFB Fund plans to kick in. After answering a few basic questions and providing evidence of need, applicants are granted funding based on availability and need.

Instead of being allocated a number of sessions to a specific therapist, recipients will be granted an amount of money, in the form of credits on the ACFB platform. Recipients will then be able to choose from a range of ACFB Fund approved items such as groups, courses, eBooks, and therapy.

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Monies allocated to recipients are theirs to use for 6 months or until maxed out. Applicants may apply twice yearly for additional funding, should funding be available. Unused or leftover money from recipients goes back into the ACFB Fund for further use by someone who needs it.

This can be the reality as A Change for Better (ACFB) grows. For every membership, product, course, and listing sold on the platform, a portion of the profit goes directly to the ACFB Fund. With portions of profits continually being siphoned into the fund via purchases from the community, the hope is to build a fully self-sustaining charitable organisation that makes a real difference in the lives of New Zealanders. This is why I believe in the ACFB Fund – do you?

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