Opening statement for Joint Committee hearing on 28 April 2017

Lachlan Searle

Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan delivered an opening statement to the Joint Standing Committee’s public hearing on the National Disability Insurance Scheme on 28 April 2017 in Melbourne…

The purpose of the Inquiry was to examine into and report on the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition, with particular reference to:

  • The eligibility criteria for the NDIS for people with a psychosocial disability;
  • The transition to the NDIS of all current long and short term mental health Commonwealth Government funded services, including the Personal Helpers and Mentors services (PHaMs) and Partners in Recovery (PIR) programs, and in particular;
  • Whether these services will continue to be provided for people deemed ineligible for the NDIS;
  • The transition to the NDIS of all current long and short term mental health state and territory government funded services, and in particular;
  • Whether these services will continue to be provided for people deemed ineligible for the NDIS;
  • The scope and level of funding for mental health services under the Information, Linkages and Capacity building framework;
  • The planning process for people with a psychosocial disability;
  • Whether spending on services for people with a psychosocial disability is in line with projections;
  • The role and extent of outreach services to identify potential NDIS participants with a psychosocial disability; and
  • The provision, and continuation of services for NDIS participants in receipt of forensic disability services.  

Much of the confusion and difficulty since the rollout of the NDIS has arisen because too many have assumed this means moving the mental health system completely into the NDIS. This should not be the case.

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