The NDIA has allocated support specifically designed for those who have been diagnosed with mental health, however, the funding only covers those conditions which resulted in long-term disabilities. This support is classified as a psychosocial disability.
So what does psychosocial disability mean and which supports are available for this type of disability? Below are the facts we were able to gather to help you better understand if whether or not you are eligible for the funding and how to access it .“Psychosocial disability is a term used to describe a disability that may arise from a mental health issue” (NDIS). The disability becomes a barrier to the person, thus limiting him/her to contribute and interact to his/her social environment. The NDIA acknowledges that there is a need for support in order to help the participant overcome social inclusion barriers and challenges, however, the support depends on the impact of the condition on the participant’s daily life, and not on the basis of the diagnosis alone.
The impact of the disability may vary from one person to the other but to name a few are :
Difficulty in Attending appointments, decision making
Difficulty in going to therapy sessions, shopping, going to church, GP visit
Difficulty in looking after oneself
Difficulty in managing stress
Challenges in interacting with others
Difficulty in coping with tasks and pressure
What are the eligibility criteria to get the funding? Aside from the basic criteria of the NDIS, you need to meet the following :
Your mental health condition has caused difficulties in your everyday activities
You have explored clinical treatment options to resolve your disability
Your disability requires a lifelong support
Your disability greatly reduced your ability to do everyday activities
A completed Evidence of Psychosocial Disability form must also be provided. This form should be filled out by 2 professionals who closely work with you, they could be: your psychologist, doctor, and support worker.
The form contains:
Current and past treatment information
Details about any impairments resulting from a mental health condition
Medication and other supports
Professional assessments of current life skills and the impact of the condition on your daily life.
As an NDIS participant you may get services and support, and these are (but not limited to) :
Support worker to help in community engagements
Other Mental Health Allied Services
Assistance with household tasks
Assistance with planning and decision making
Assistance gaining independence
Assistance in achieving goals stipulated in your NDIS plan
Advice on financial management
Assistance to get a job
Assistance to get back into employment
Assistance in cleaning
Assistance in gardening
And because the NDIS is designed to give you choice and control, you may access your supports through center-based services, in-home providers, day services, or community access and outreach services.
NDIS is all for you and the achievement of your goals. There are a lot of services and supports available for you as long as you are eligible. To know more about your eligibility for psychosocial disability funding, you may speak with your LAC / Support Coordinator.
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