National Disability Insurance Scheme
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new insurance scheme providing community linking and individualised support for people with a disability.
The NDIS includes disability related to a mental illness.
A feature of the NDIS is that it gives you more choice and control over how, when and where your supports are provided.
The type and amount of support available will vary depending on your needs and access requirements.
MIFSA is a Registered NDIS Provider - 4050000735
What is the NDIA?
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the agency that runs the NDIS. It provides support packages and all the information you need to access services that are offered through the scheme.
Are people with a mental illness eligible for the NDIS?
Yes. A person living with mental illness is likely to be eligible for the NDIS if they experience impairment due to a psychiatric condition and the impairment substantially reduces their ability to undertake one or more of the following activities:
- social interaction
- social and economic participation.
What is the role of carers/families?
The NDIS will ensure that people with mental illness are given every opportunity to make their own decisions and exercise choice and control. The scheme recognises that the role of families and carers is often essential in supporting people to realise these goals.
Things that may be funded for carers include
- Training for carers/parental strategies
- Behaviour support/management plans
- Group therapy and family therapy
- Transition planning
- Coordination of supports that are in the plan
- Assistance with decision making, daily planning and budgeting
The NDIS will provide information, referral and linkage to ensure families and carers are able to access supports in the community to assist them in their role.
You can find out if you are eligible for a support package by using the online NDIS Access Checklist.
Participants must live in an area where the NDIS is available, until the scheme rolls out, existing government funded services will continue.
Participants are encouraged to seek access requirements via the NDIS website and begin their pre-planning up to six months prior to the NDIS rolling out in their region. MIFSA can support you and your family with pre-planning.
You, MIFSA and the NDIS
For those just starting their NDIS journey, our staff can work with you and those closest to you, to make the transition as uncomplicated as possible.
MIFSA can support people from 16 to 65 years of age.
We would love to hear from you to discuss the NDIS and how we could support you. You can phone us on 8378 4100 or send through an enquiry through our website.