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NDS proposes ways to improve the NDIS for people with psychosocial disability

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7/03/2017

I need to know this because:
  • NDS recommends several improvements to supports for people with psychosocial disability
  • Applies to people eligible and ineligible for the NDIS

NDS’s submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the provision of services for people with psychosocial disabilities makes a number of recommendations about NDIS support for people with psychosocial disability.

It also aims to ease uncertainty around options for people currently in programs of support who would not be eligible for the NDIS if continuity of support arrangements could be specified. Their need for assistance will not go away if the programs they currently access are absorbed into the NDIS.

Key recommendations of NDS's submission include:

  • Provide clearer advice on eligibility for people with psychosocial disability;
  • Fund outreach workers to locate and assist people with psychosocial disability;
  • Improve the quality and consistency of NDIS plans and develop psychosocial disability expertise among some planners;
  • Include support coordination or support connection in all plans for people with psychosocial disability;
  • Outline continuity of support arrangements for people with psychosocial disability who are not eligible;
  • Increase one-to-one support prices for participants with complex support needs;
  • Monitor the interaction between the NDIS and mainstream systems;
  • Respond to the specific challenges of supporting some participants with psychosocial disability – e.g., in rural and remote areas including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, as well as forensic services in the NDIS;
  • Invest in workforce development and capacity-building;
  • Support the creation of a national disability research entity to support the scope and ambition of the NDIS.

Publication: NDS submission on the NDIS and Psychosocial Disability

NDS submission on the NDIS and Psychosocial Disability

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Contact information
Ken Baker, Chief Executive, 02 6283 3203,