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NDIS Resources for people with a Psychosocial Disability

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People with a psychosocial disability find it harder than anyone to access the NDIS. There are a number of reasons for this, ranging from the barriers they confront in starting the process, through to the way the NDIS Act defines disability.

One of the keys to accessing the NDIS is to understand the kind of language a treating professional must use when providing evidence of a psychosocial disability. The resources below are intended to help you navigate through this complex area.

 

Resources to help apply for access to the NDIS

NDIS page: Mental Health Resources

Reviews and commentary about the NDIS and psychosocial disability

Supports for creating NDIS plans

Support groups, carer supports, and reports

NDIS Resources to do with psychosocial disability

People with a psychosocial disability find it harder than anyone to access the NDIS. There are a number of reasons for this, ranging from the barriers they confront in starting the process, through to the way the NDIS Act defines disability.

One of the keys to accessing the NDIS is to understand the kind of language a treating professional must use when providing evidence of a psychosocial disability. The resources below are intended to help you navigate through this complex area.

 

In 2019 the NDIA acknowledged that there are fewer than half the number of people with a psychosocial disability in the NDIS than were projected.  A major problem for people with psychosocial disability is that the kinds of supporting evidence provided by treating professionals often does not match the NDIS criteria for accessing the scheme.
We have gathered a range of resources to help you navigate through this difficult area -click here.
Nearly 30% of all NDIS participants are people with intellectual disabilities.
Some people can qualify for access to the NDIS with just a single diagnosis. For instance, if a person has an IQ measured at 55 points or less, they should automatically have access (see NDIS “List A”), but for all other cases the person must show how their condition meets the NDIS criteria. 
Click here for resources to help a person with an intellectual disability gain access to the NDIS.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) categorises Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) into 3 levels:
  • Level 1 – Requires Support
  • Level 2 – Requires Substantial Support
  • Level 3 – Requires Very Substantial Support
A person with a diagnosis of level 1 or level 2 ASD will need to show how they meet the NDIS disability requirements (click here for important excerpts from the NDIS Act and Operational Guidelines)
Click here for a list of resources to help people with ASD access the NDIS. 
We may come to work with parents or carers who have mental health concerns, but who may not be eligible for NDIS-funded supports themselves. Click here for a selection of resources to help support those people.
It is well known that children under the age of 7 can access supports from the NDIS without a definite diagnosis, so long as:
  1. There is evidence of a developmental delay and:
  2. There is a good case that putting supports in place now will help reduce the need for more supports later.
This is the so-called ‘early childhood early intervention’ criteria. But did you know this early criteria can apply to anybody up the age of 65? Not many people do know this, but you can find the criteria spelled out in the NDIS Act and Guidelines. 
We call it the ‘cat flap’ because this way into the NDIS isn’t well known, you might not see it at first, and it’s a tight squeeze, but if you get through you end up in the kitchen anyway (plus “cat flap” is easy to remember)!
Click here to see an explanation of the early intervention criteria and relevant excerpts from the NDIS Act and Operational Guidelines.

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Resource List

ResourceLink
Resource Type: Resources to help apply for access to the NDIS
NDIS page: Mental Health ResourcesDownload
NDIS Guide for GPs to provide evidence of psychosocial disabilityDownload
NDIS Guide for mental health professionals -FAQs about psychosocial disabilityDownload
NDIS-frequently asked questions for mental health professionals supporting people applying for the NDIS Download
NDIA public access guide for applicants with psychosocial disability (very useful!)Download
DSS- Guide for mental health service providers to assist people with psychosocial disability to access NDISDownload
Reimagine Today -Understanding Psychosocial Disability Download
VALID - 10 steps to excellent therapy reports and medical evidence Download
Inside Out -article about the NDIS and eating disordersDownload
Reimagine -Tips for gathering information about functional impactsDownload
Reimagine -Providing supporting evidence of psychosocial disabilityDownload
NDIS -Table of guidance on whether a support is most appropriately funded by the NDISDownload
Early intervention requirements _ NDIS 9.4.19Download
Resource Type: Reviews and commentary about the NDIS and psychosocial disability
Beyond Blue -submission to NDIS Mental Health EnquiryDownload
Bipolar Foundation - Our NDIS StoryDownload
Mental Health Aus - NDIS psychosocial pathway consultation_project - final_report]Download
NDIS - What mental health supports does the NDIS fundDownload
NDIS Snapshot 1 – General information about how the NDIS can support your mental healthDownload
NDIS -Snapshot 2 – Impairment and Mental Health in the NDISDownload
NDIS -Snapshot 3 – Recovery and the NDISDownload
NDIS Mental health snapshot 4 -functional capacityDownload
NDIS -Snapshot 5 – NDIS and other services supporting your mental healthDownload
Resource Type: Supports for creating NDIS plans
Mental health Aust -mental health carers NDIS plan checklistDownload
Mental Health Carers -NDIS Carer Statement templateDownload

Resource List

ResourceLink
Resource Type: Resources to help apply for access to the NDIS
NDIS page: Mental Health ResourcesDownload
NDIS Guide for GPs to provide evidence of psychosocial disabilityDownload
NDIS Guide for mental health professionals -FAQs about psychosocial disabilityDownload
NDIS-frequently asked questions for mental health professionals supporting people applying for the NDIS Download
NDIA public access guide for applicants with psychosocial disability (very useful!)Download
DSS- Guide for mental health service providers to assist people with psychosocial disability to access NDISDownload
Reimagine Today -Understanding Psychosocial Disability Download
VALID - 10 steps to excellent therapy reports and medical evidence Download
Inside Out -article about the NDIS and eating disordersDownload
Reimagine -Tips for gathering information about functional impactsDownload
Reimagine -Providing supporting evidence of psychosocial disabilityDownload
NDIS -Table of guidance on whether a support is most appropriately funded by the NDISDownload
Early intervention requirements _ NDIS 9.4.19Download
Resource Type: Reviews and commentary about the NDIS and psychosocial disability
Beyond Blue -submission to NDIS Mental Health EnquiryDownload
Bipolar Foundation - Our NDIS StoryDownload
Mental Health Aus - NDIS psychosocial pathway consultation_project - final_report]Download
NDIS - What mental health supports does the NDIS fundDownload
NDIS Snapshot 1 – General information about how the NDIS can support your mental healthDownload
NDIS -Snapshot 2 – Impairment and Mental Health in the NDISDownload
NDIS -Snapshot 3 – Recovery and the NDISDownload
NDIS Mental health snapshot 4 -functional capacityDownload
NDIS -Snapshot 5 – NDIS and other services supporting your mental healthDownload
Resource Type: Supports for creating NDIS plans
Mental health Aust -mental health carers NDIS plan checklistDownload
Mental Health Carers -NDIS Carer Statement templateDownload

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