It's here! The National Disability Insurance Scheme has finally rolled out in the Mornington Peninsula/Bayside area. So what now?
The NDIS is a new national approach aimed at creating easier access to disability support and provide consumers with more choice and control over the type of supports they want.
If you are already receiving a Mental Health Community Support Service (MHCSS), you should receive a phone call or a letter from the NDIA to organise a planning meeting. As a client of MHCSS you are in a defined program and do not need to prove eligibility for the NDIS. If you do get a call please ensure that you ask for a face to face planning meeting not a phone planning meeting. Once you have a date for a planning meeting please let your MHCSS worker know as they can assist you to prepare for this meeting.
If you have not received a phone call by November 2018 please let the MHCSS team at Mentis Assist know and we will follow this up for you with the NDIS.
If you have not been receiving a service, you will need to contact the NDIA directly to register for the NDIS and request an Access Request Form. Your GP and/or mental health professional as well as your Local Area Coordinator will be able to help you complete the form and assist with gathering the necessary supporting documents.
To be eligible for a NDIS package, you must
- Be a permanent Australian resident
- Be under the age of 65
- Have a disability that is likely to be permanent
- Live in an area where the NDIS has rolled out.
Once your NDIS access has been approved, you will be contacted by a NDIA Planner or Local Area Coordinator to talk to you about what support you would like to help you achieve your goals and to organise a date for a planning meeting, so have a think about what these might be before your planning meeting.
Once your plan has been approved Mentis Assist has a range of services available and can help you to get the right supports that best suits your plan.
If you have any concerns, questions or just need someone to assist you with understanding the NDIS and how these changes will affect you, please don't hesitate to contact us or the NDIS directly on 1800 800 110.
Give us a call on 1300 MENTIS (1300 636 847)