If you or someone you love is living with a mental health issue, then chances are you’ve heard of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Launched in Australia in 2013, NDIS offers disability-related support and services to over 460,000 Australians, including those who require mental health care.
But what does this scheme cover, and how can you get access to the funding?
In our helpful blog post, our expert mental health support providers here at Astute Living Care will outline what the NDIS covers when it comes to mental health, information about eligibility criteria and how people can apply for funding.
So, let’s get straight into the details.
If you’re wondering whether NDIS covers mental health needs in Australia, the answer is yes! In fact, mental health is one of the core services that NDIS provides to its participants.
Whether you need therapy, counselling, or other mental health support, NDIS can help you access the services you need.
Of course, the exact level of coverage will depend on your individual circumstances, but let’s find out a little more below.
So what help is available?
If you’re living in Australia and receive funding from the NDIS, you might be wondering what mental health services are covered.
The NDIS provides coverage for a range of mental health services, including
- Assessments and diagnoses
- Specialised behavioural therapy
- Therapy sessions with psychologists or social workers
- Support groups
- Medication management
It’s important to note that you must be eligible for NDIS to access these services, so be sure to check with their guidelines.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health condition, or has a psychosocial disability it’s important to understand that you don’t have to face this alone.
NDIS is here to help provide you with the specialised care and supports you need to get back on track and lead a fulfilling life.
If you have a mental illness or psychosocial disability, and are eligible for this type of NDIS funding, this support will assist you:
-in carrying out your daily activities
-participating in your community, socializing, studying, and working and
-regain and rebuild your skills and confidence in your usual activities of daily living.
What do I need to do to get NDIS funding for mental health?
To be eligible for NDIS funding for mental health, you must have a permanent physical or cognitive impairment that significantly impacts your ability to take part in everyday activities.
You should also expect to need support for at least six months.
If you think you may be eligible for NDIS funding for mental health services, contact the NDIS team on 1800 800 110 or visit their website at ndis.gov.au for further information and advice about eligibility requirements and how to apply.
Once you’ve met these criteria you can apply for an Individual Support Package from the NDIS.
As part of this package, you’ll receive an assessment from a qualified healthcare professional who will then determine your needs and develop a plan of care tailored to you.
This could include psychological therapy and other mental health supports, such as strategies to help you manage your condition.
If you are approved for an NDIS package, the funding allocated to mental health services will depend on the severity of your condition and how much support you need.
Depending on individual needs, the amount can vary from person to person, but a standard package should cover the cost of treatment such as counselling sessions or group therapies.
It’s important to remember that while the NDIS provides funding for mental health services, it doesn’t provide direct access.
However, they do provide referrals to mental health specialists like Astute Living Care, therapists and psychologists who are registered with them.
It can be tricky to discover how and when you can get help and support for mental health conditions.
So, if you have questions or need more information, seek professional advice such as talking to your doctor or a mental health specialist.
Remember that getting the right kind of help is essential to managing a mental health condition and achieving a better quality of life.
Our team of experienced and trained mental health professionals here at Astute Living Care is dedicated to supporting individuals along their recovery journey.
We pride ourselves on providing personalised support to those with a mental health diagnosis and understand that recovery is a process, not a destination.
That’s why our mental health support workers and recovery coaches are here to walk alongside our clients every step of the way.
We aim to empower our participants to live an independent and fulfilling life. You can expect compassionate and person-centered care that meets your unique needs.
We also understand that navigating the NDIS system can feel overwhelming at times, so we’re here to help make sure you have all the information you need to get the most out of this scheme.
We can assist with new applications, rejected applications and reviews if required.
So do Get in touch with one of our knowledgeable team members to find out how we can help.