What is the NDIS?
The NDIS is a new national approach to accessing support for disabilities, including psychosocial disability. According to the NDIS, psychosocial disability is ‘the term used to describe disabilities that may arise from mental health issues…People with a significant disability that is likely to be permanent may qualify for NDIS support.’
Find more information about the NDIS and mental health support here.
What is the NDIA?
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the new independent statutory body developed to oversee and implement the NDIS.
When will the NDIS be available in the Bayside Peninsula Area?
The dates of the roll out throughout Victoria have been announced and the NDIS will become available in the Bayside Peninsula area from 1 April 2018.
Your First NDIS Plan
Your first Plan will be the start of a lifelong relationship with the NDIS and will be your entry point into the Scheme.
Your first Plan will establish the reasonable and necessary supports you require to meet your immediate needs to help you achieve your goals.
Once your Plan has been finalised, you will be provided with individualised funding that you will have choice and control over how to use it, and which service provider you choose to assist you with the supports you need. A NDIS Support Coordinator will also contact you to help you understand your plan and assist you with choosing and connecting with a service provider.
To start getting ready for your first NDIS Plan, we encourage you to start thinking about your immediate support needs and what your current and future goals might be; ready to discuss when you are contacted by a Support Coordinator.
Who is Eligible for NDIS Support?
To be eligible to access NDIS, you must have a significant disability including those resulting from mental illness, live in Australia and fit into at least one of the following categories:
- Be an Australian citizen
- Be a permanent resident
- Hold a Protected Special Category Visa
- Be under the age of 65
- Be in an area where the NDIS is available
If you have a mental illness that reduces your ability to undertake one or more of the following activities, you may be eligible to receive an NDIS package:
- Self care
For more information, the NDIS provides a checklist which can provide some guidance in determining if you are eligible for funding.
What are reasonable and necessary supports?
Reasonable and necessary supports are funded by the NDIS in a range of areas, which may include education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing. These supports will help you to:
- Pursue your goals, objectives and aspirations
- Increase your independence
- Increase social and economic participation
- Develop your capacity to actively take part in the community.
How does the NDIA determine what is reasonable and necessary?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 sets out the rules for the insurance scheme and guides planners about what can and cannot be funded in individual plans. To be considered reasonable and necessary, a support must:
- Be related to your disability
- Not include day-to-day living costs that are not related to your disability support needs
- Represent value for money
- Be likely to be effective and beneficial to yourself
- Take into account informal supports given to you by families, carers, networks, and the community.
What Types of Supports are Funded?
The types of supports that the NDIS may fund, include:
- Daily personal activities
- Transport to enable participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities
- Workplace assistance to allow you to successfully get, or keep, employment in the open or supported labour market
- Therapeutic supports including behaviour support
- Help with household tasks to assist you in maintaining your home environment
- Skilled personnel assisting you with aids or equipment assessment, set up and training
- Home modification design and construction
- Mobility equipment
- Vehicle modifications
Funding is available under three main categories:
- Capital funding – for purchasing one off items such as equipment, technology or modifications.
- Core funding – for day to day support required, such as personal care
- Capacity funding – for skill building, training and learning.
What Types of Supports are not Funded?
The NDIS does not cover daily living expenses – things like rent or board, food or your mobile phone bill. These costs will continue to be paid for from your usual source of income from work or the Disability Support Pension.
The NDIS does not replace funding that is more appropriate from other sources such as education, health or transport. These supports will continue to be funded as they are now.
The NDIS will NOT fund a support if it :
- Is not related to your disability
- Duplicates other supports already funded by a different mechanism through the NDIS
- Relates to day-to-day living costs that are not related to your support needs
- Is likely to cause you harm or pose a risk to others.
What type of Supports can Mentis Assist Provide?
Mentis is a Registered NDIS Service Provider under Section 41 of the Disability Act 2006 with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
Mentis Assist is registered to provide the following services:
- Assistance with daily personal activities
- Assistance with high intensity daily personal activities
- Assistance with life stage transition
- Daily tasks/shared living
- Specialist positive behaviour support
- Development of life skills
- Participation in the community
- Therapeutic Support
- Assistance with accommodation and tenancy
- Assistance with travel and transport arrangements
- Support Coordination
- Plan Management