Mental health conditions and the NDIS: A guide to access and supports.
Leap in! has created this free guide to help people with mental health conditions and their families learn more about accessing the NDIS and the types of supports that may be available.
The NDIS has an important role to play in supporting eligible people who live with mental health conditions.
It can provide ongoing, lifelong support for people who experience severe impairments as a result of mental health conditions. The NDIS can also provide funding for essential supports and services which are tailored to your needs.
It is expected that the NDIS will ultimately support around 64,000 participants with severe and persistent mental health conditions.
However there are many people with psychosocial disabilities (those arising from a mental health condition) who may be eligible but are not accessing NDIS supports.
Leap in! has prepared this information to help people with mental health conditions determine whether they may be eligible for the NDIS and the types of support that may be available.
Download your free guide as a pdf or read the sections in your own time by clicking on the links to the summary chapters below.
Mental health conditions and the NDIS: Getting started.
Around 10% of NDIS participants have a psychosocial disability (a disability caused by a mental health condition). That’s around 40,000 people. The average annual supports for people with psychosocial disability as their primary disability is around $70,000 a year.
So if you have a mental health condition and are unsure about whether you’re eligible for the NDIS, it is worth spending time to see if the NDIS can help you.
The National Disability Scheme (NDIS) is designed to support people with a permanent and significant disability to live their life the way they choose.
But who is eligible and how do you apply? To be eligible for the NDIS, you need to meet certain criteria.
If you are thinking about applying for the NDIS or know someone who should apply, take a look at the main requirements so you have a better idea of where to start.
Mental health conditions and NDIS eligibility.
“Mental health condition” is a broad term that refers to symptoms that may be caused by a range of things including life events and genetic factors. A mental health condition can be temporary or lifelong.
In addition to the regular NDIS eligibility requirements, people living with a mental health condition must provide evidence that they have a mental health condition that causes an impairment that is permanent.
Functional capacity requirements:
Help with everyday tasks.
Functional capacity is all about your ability to carry out everyday activities. To access the NDIS, you will need to provide evidence that your ability to participate in or carry out specific tasks is “substantially reduced”.
The NDIS functional capacity requirements cover six life skills areas: communication, social interaction, learning, mobility, self-care and self-management. Find out more about each area.
The concept of “recovery”.
The concept of “recovery” comes up a lot when talking about the NDIS and mental health and it can be a little complicated.
Find out what recovery means and the difference between clinical and personal recovery. We also explore how the supports funded by the NDIS may change if your recovery changes or improves.
Supports the NDIS may fund including psychosocial recovery coaches.
The NDIS does not fund early intervention supports or treatment of the condition itself. It does fund NDIS “reasonable and necessary” supports relating to your disability to help you achieve your goals.
We cover who funds what, the three main NDIS budgets and the most common NDIS related goals for people with psychosocial disability. Learn about Psychosocial Recovery Coaches and the role they can play in navigating both the NDIS and the mental health system.
What happens after an NDIS Access Request has been approved?
The NDIS is required to respond to Access Requests within 21 days. Find out the next steps, how to prepare for your NDIS Plan meeting and the options for managing your NDIS Plan.
We also provide some tips for using your plan, the importance of service agreements keeping your budget on track and some handy resources.
FAQs about the NDIS and mental health conditions.
If you have a question about the NDIS and mental health conditions, chances are we’ve answered it here. We answer commonly asked questions about the NDIS, anxiety and depression as well as supports that may be available if you have bipolar disorder.
There’s also information about whether you may be eligible for the NDIS if you experience episodic conditions plus what to do if your NDIS Access Request is rejected.