The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) offers a unique opportunity to extend person-centred support to people with significant and permanent disability. The Commission began work in 2013 with the Mental Health Coordinating Council at the NSW NDIS pilot site in the Hunter region to learn how the NDIS applies to people with psychosocial disability resulting from mental illness, and to ensure their needs are prominently considered as the NSW and national rollouts take shape. This work led to the establishment of a Community of Practice with regular forums where public sector agencies, community-managed organisations, consumers and carers share their experiences and hear from key organisations including the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and Hunter New England Local Health District. MHCC developed a report including findings and recommendations to improve outcomes for people affected by mental health issues. This report has informed the Commission’s advice to Government and NDIA with a view to refining the operation of the program in NSW. While this project finished on 30 June 2016, the Commission continues to liaise with the NDIA and relevant state agencies in relation to the NDIS roll-out and its impact on support for people with psychosocial disability.
Living Well Actions 4.4.1 and 5.1.2