Mental health conditions and the NDIS: Part 6

 

Supports the NDIS may fund including psychosocial recovery coaches.

 

The NDIS funds supports that are related to a disability caused by a mental health condition. It does not fund early intervention supports or treatment of the condition itself. These will generally be funded by the health system.

The NDIS may fund supports related to an associated psychosocial disability such as supports that help you to participate in community activities or assistance with personal care.

 

Community mental health/mainstream services

  • Clinical supports including treatments in a psychiatric hospital, other acute care or rehabilitation
  • Mental health first aid
  • Diagnosis and early intervention
  • Residential care related to in-patient treatment or clinical rehabilitation
  • Where treatment is the responsibility of another service such as for drug or alcohol abuse
  • Medicare funded Mental Health Care Plans
  • Therapy to address symptoms
  • Medication

 

NDIS

  • Non-clinical supports
  • Support that assist with daily living activities
  • Supports that aid social, economic or community participation.

 

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NDIS reasonable and necessary supports.

The NDIS funds “reasonable and necessary supports” relating to your disability to help you live an ordinary life and achieve your goals.

During your NDIS Plan meeting, your NDIS Planner will gather information on what supports are reasonable and necessary for your situation by evaluating whether a support request is:

  • Related to your disability and support needs
  • Good value for money
  • Likely to be effective and beneficial to you.

 

Most common types of NDIS goals.

The most common NDIS related goals for people with psychosocial disability identified in the September 2020 NDIS Quarterly Report were:

  • Participation in social and community activities
  • Associated with daily life activities
  • Related to health and wellbeing
  • Connected to home or work
  • Choice and control over their lives.

For more information on what the NDIS refers to as a goal, read What is a goal?

The NDIS will also consider the unpaid, informal supports you receive from family, friends and your support crew (including support workers, support networks and the community).

 

Support budgets.

The NDIS funds three main categories of supports, called “budgets”. Depending on your needs, you may receive funding in one, two or three budget categories.


Core supports.

Core supports are activities that help you in your everyday life. This area of your NDIS Plan has four individual budgets which can be flexible to accommodate your individual needs.

  • Assistance with Daily Life includes making household decisions, looking after your personal care, cooking and cleaning.
  • Assistance with Social and Community Participation can include activities or courses that help you connect and socialise with others such as art classes, sports coaching or peer support programs.
  • Consumables can help cover everyday items and services including continence and nutrition-related items.
  • Transport helps to cover costs associated with specialised schooling or education programs, reaching your place of employment, or participating in recreational or community activities.


Capital supports.

Capital supports provides funding for equipment, home or vehicle modifications, which are split into two categories. The NDIS is very specific in what this funding can be used for and it must be used as it is allocated.

  • Assistive technology (AT) covers any device that allows you to do something that you wouldn’t be able to do without it or increases the ease or safety of things you do. This budget includes vehicle modifications.
  • Home modifications are any changes you need to make to the structure, layout or fittings of your home to ensure you can move around safely.


Capacity Building supports.

Capacity Building supports are set aside for activities that will support you in learning new skills. These skills may include achieving some of your goals. This includes things like living independently, finding a job, or getting help with your NDIS plan management.

 

Psychosocial recovery coaches.

The NDIS has recently announced a new support item to “provide support to people with psychosocial disability to live a full and contributing life”.[1]

New recovery coaches will bring specialist skills and knowledge to help people with psychosocial disabilities take control of their lives and navigate both the NDIS and the mental health system.

Recovery coaches are required to have mental health qualifications. They also need to have either lived experience with mental illness or extensive knowledge about psychosocial disability and mental health.

They will work with NDIS participants, their families, carers and support workers to design and implement a recovery plan.

Other things that psychosocial recovery coaches can help with are:

  • Helping you to get the most from your NDIS Plan
  • Assistance with coordination of NDIS supports
  • Coaching to increase skills and capacity such as motivation, strengths, resilience and decision making
  • Support with recovery planning
  • Connecting you with mainstream supports.

If you have a psychosocial disability and become an NDIS participant, you may be able to access the support of a psychosocial recovery coach through your NDIS Plan.

For more details, check out the NDIS Psychosocial recovery coach guide.

 

References

[1] NDIS, Psychosocial Recovery Coach information, accessed at Psychosocial Recovery Coaches

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