What is NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme launched in July 2013, following years of conversations about the need for a serious reform of disability services in Australia. People with a disability have an equal right as other Australians to decide their best interests and to have choice and control over their lives.
The NDIS provides Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary support they need to enjoy an ordinary life. Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, families and carers will have access to the help they need to support people with disability so they can participate in a life filled with community and employment opportunities.
NDIS and Mental Health Services
The National Disability Insurance Scheme isn’t limited to individuals that have physical disabilities. A person who is living with mental health (psychosocial disability) that significantly impacts their life may also eligible. In fact, more than 1,800 Australians with a psychosocial disability are receiving support under the NDIS in trial sites around Australia.
Who is eligible for mental health services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme?
According to the NDIA, people dealing with “a psychiatric condition who have significant and permanent functional impairment” qualify for the NDIS mental health services.
What kind of support will someone with mental health receive from the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme will not support psychiatry services or medication, however, they will assist in finding housing, developing your skills in financial independance, building social relationships, support you in training and employment.
How do IMPACT and the NDIS work together?
IMPACT provides NDIS services in Queensland. We’re a registered National Disability Insurance Agency provider that helps people with a disability achieve their goals. Services include day programs, life and living skills, social and community engagement, supported employment, support in training and education. Through the NDIS and the help of IMPACT, people with a disability will be able to work towards their life goals.
Are you eligible for the NDIS in Queensland?
To become a participant in Queensland, Queenslanders must:
- Have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities;
- Be aged less than 65 when they first enter the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
- Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa; and
- Live in Australia where the National Disability Insurance Scheme is available.
The NDIS roll-out in Queensland
The National Disability Insurance Scheme was first introduced in Queensland in July 2016 in Townsville and has continued to roll out to the remaining areas of Queensland. Between July 2017 and June 2018, it will roll out in the greater Ipswich area, including Bundaberg. By July 2019, the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be operating state-wide across Queensland.
What does your NDIS process look like?
Step 1: Think about the disability support you need to live a better life.
Step 2: Contact us and we’ll discuss what you need to get ready.
Step 3: We’ll work with you to create your NDIS plan and help you put it in action
Step 4: Live your life the way you want to!
Need a hand getting started?
Whether you’re a carer, a family member of someone with a disability, or just want to learn more about how IMPACT and the National Disability Insurance Scheme can help you, please contact the program's Transition Manager, Mark Davidson.
Phone: 04153 4233 or 1800 179 233