The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) aims to give people choice and control over how, when and where funded supports are provided to achieve their goals and aspirations. The NDIS also helps people to access mainstream and community services and supports and maintain informal support arrangements.
The NDIS is a new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS will eventually double the amount of funding currently provided by the Federal Government to Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability, so that participants can lead an ordinary life. This includes people with a psychosocial disability.
The NDIS will support people who meet the following entry requirements:
- have a permanent (or likely to be permanent) and significant disability that affects their ability to manage everyday activities
- be aged less than 65 when they first access the scheme
- be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who holds a Protected Special Category Visa.
Assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and has no impact on income support such as the disability support pension and carers allowance.
Eligible participants will be offered assistance to develop a plan that meets their identified needs and goals. The NDIS will then fund the ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports required for participants to achieve their goals. NDIS plans will have an explicit dollar value.
PIR participants who transition to the NDIS will continue to work with their Support Facilitator to put their NDIS plan into action. This is a funded support in the plan called Support Coordination.
The Support Facilitator/Coordinator will work with participants to understand the plan, help choose and connect with service providers, explore and link with community and mainstream services and help coordinate these as required. Support Facilitators/Coordinators also monitor the achievement of the participants goals, provide progress reports to the NDIA and participate in plan reviews.
Support Facilitators/Coordinators will also strengthen and enhance a participant’s capacity to coordinate supports, self-direct and manage supports and participate in the community, including providing participants with assistance to:
- resolve problems or issues that arise
- understand their rights and responsibilities under service agreements
- change or end a service agreement
Support Coordination is a capacity building support and expected to reduce over time as the person becomes more involved in, and skilled at, coordinating their supports.
What if I don’t transition to the NDIS?
Partners in Recovery participants, who are not eligible for the NDIS by the 30 June 2019, will be provided with Continuity of Support services commissioned through the Primary Health Networks. Further information about development of these services will be made available in the near future.
For more information on Mental Health and the NDIS check out these resources:
For more information about Partners in Recovery and NDIS Transition click here
For more information about the NDIS visit www.ndis.gov.au
For more information about the Transition Support Project click here