Mental health conditions and the NDIS.
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Here at Leap in! HQ, we have members with a diverse range of disabilities and conditions and we often get specific questions on how the NDIS can help them.
Here are some common questions from members with mental health conditions (or those parents and carers of children and dependants with mental health conditions).
Are mental health conditions covered under the NDIS?
Every case is looked at individually to determine whether an individual can become an NDIS participant and sometimes it can be difficult to determine.
For people with a mental health condition, the NDIS can be of help when a mental health condition results in a psychosocial disability.
What is a psychosocial disability?
Psychosocial disability is a term that describes a person who has a mental health condition which is impacting on their ability to participate fully in life. This might include:
- Disruption to work, education and community participation
- Loss of ability to function and to think clearly
- Loss of full physical health
- Inability to manage the social and emotional aspects of day-to-day life.
How is a person with a mental disability assessed to determine if they are eligible to access the NDIS?
There are a number of assessment criteria that the NDIA will consider and evidence will need to be provided by a qualified medical professional. Whether or not the condition has already been addressed in the mainstream mental health system will also be considered. Some of the key criteria are:
- The psychiatric disability is likely to be permanent
- The person is unable to take part in daily life without assistance from others
- The person will most likely need support from the NDIS for their lifetime.
What support might I receive under the NDIS?
The NDIS will provide assistance to people with a psychosocial disability to participate in everyday life. The goal is to help these participants enjoy greater social inclusion and economic participation.
Some NDIS approved support may include:
- Personal care to support an individual in their home or community
- Supports that allow greater social and community interaction
- Assistance with daily living tasks and finding ways to improve a participant’s ability to do things independently.
We can help you navigate the NDIS.
Let us help you with your NDIS pre-planning for your first meeting or plan review to ensure you’re informed and prepared.