Check out this video: What barriers or challenges have you faced with the NDIS?
The transcript of this video is here:Transcript-Barriers
The NDIS is still building knowledge about mental health conditions and psychosocial disability, so you may find challenges when participating in NDIS planning. The NDIA will work with you to keep improving the NDIS based on your and other people’s feedback.
The following are some possible challenges people living with mental health conditions will face with the NDIS and some tips to manage them.
Each plan is different so there is no specific timeframe. If your plan is more detailed with complex support arrangements, it may take longer. You need to agree to the supports in your plan before it is put into action. This is why it’s important to be prepared for the NDIS. If you have supports currently, these should continue until you transition into the NDIS.
NDIS planning can be stressful. It can also remind you of past experiences that were distressing. It is important to look after your health and wellbeing during NDIS processes. Check out the ‘Self Care Hub’ for some tips:
To avoid getting a plan that doesn’t meet your needs, and going through a review process, it is important to prepare as much as possible before your first NDIS planning meeting.
Some things to remember:
(And you can use the reimagine.today workbook or app to help you!)
The only way your NDIS plan can be shared with other people is for you to share it. You might give copies of your plan to important people in your life including:
Sharing your plan means you are more likely to receive coordinated health treatment and social support. But this is your choice and you have control; you don’t have to share your plan with anyone.
Some of your funded NDIS services can be bundled and used flexibly. This means if your circumstances change, or if you become unwell, you can access more support without asking the NDIA for a plan review. You need to make sure your service providers know you have bundled services, and provide them with notice if you wish to change your supports (the amount of notice you need to give is in your service agreement).
This arrangement can be included in your plan. If you self-manage your funding, you have more choice and control over how and when you get services.
You can use your NDIS funding to purchase services that your carer, family and friends provide to help you. Some examples of what your funds could pay for include:
The NDIS is the biggest social reform since the introduction of Medicare over 30 years ago. It will take some time for it to work well for people with mental health conditions. People with mental health conditions who access the NDIS benefit from increased levels of support. Increased support increases health and well-being and this is why it’s worth it!
People who received state/territory disability support services may not have noticed their initial transition to the NDIS. Others, including Commonwealth mental health program clients and other people with mental health conditions, may find the application process challenging.
If participating in the NDIS doesn’t seem worth it, speak with someone you trust. It may not be your choice for now, or there may be extra support available to help you navigate the NDIS and other services. It is helpful to stay optimistic about the NDIS and other mental health reforms, so that you get support with your recovery.
Interacting with people that seem to have more skills or power than you can be hard. This is especially true if others have treated you badly in the past. Examples of others treating you badly are bullying, harassment, abuse and neglect. It is not OK for these things to happen to you. If you are treated badly you might be fearful of speaking with people or scared to have differences of opinion with people.
You need to know that:
If you’re not eligible for the NDIS, it is important to stay hopeful and optimistic about your recovery and seek out the help you need and want to support you with this journey.
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