NDIS Psychosocial Supports Design Project final report

Lachlan Searle

This is the final report providing recommendations from a joint project between Mental Health Australia and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to identify optimal packages of support for NDIS participants with psychosocial disability.

The Psychosocial Supports Design Project began in 2015 in response to concerns expressed by mental health providers operating in NDIS trial sites about the applicability of the Catalogue of Supports (now called the NDIA Price Guide) to the types of support services likely to be chosen by participants with psychosocial disability. The broad aims of the project were to describe in detail the range of supports for people who have a primary condition of psychosocial disability that may be sourced by individuals with NDIS funding, and to make evidence based on recommendations, where new support items may be needed to adequately assist people with psychosocial disability who are participants in the NDIS.

Feedback from the national consultations identified a range of concerns from the mental health sector, some of which appear to have been addressed by new developments in the NDIA’s approach to implementation. The project report (please click here) makes 12 recommendations for the agency to consider, including areas further investigation, proposed changes to NDIA practices and processes, sector development and communication activities.

The NDIA also plans to publish a progress report against implementation of each of the recommendations. Mental Health Australia welcomes the NDIA’s commitment to transparency and will provide a link from this webpage to the progress report as soon as it is available.

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