New NDIS ‘psychosocial disability stream’ announced

Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher has today announced changes to the pathway into the NDIS for people with psychosocial disability.

Mr Fletcher said the new ‘psychosocial disability stream’ will help to improve access and support, and includes:

  • the employment of specialised planners and Local Area Coordinators;
  • better linkages between mental health services and National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) staff, partners;
  • assisting potential participants who are hard to reach to engage with the NDIA and;
  • a focus on recovery-based planning and episodic needs.

These details are outlined in a media release from Mr Fletcher, however the announcement did not include the release of a more detailed document highlighting the specifics of the new support stream.

Queensland Alliance for Mental Health CEO Kris Trott said it was encouraging to see the Federal Government and the NDIA continuing to respond to the needs and concerns of individuals, organisations and stakeholders.

“The ‘Mind the Gap’ report, released earlier this year, clearly identified a need for these changes to take place to ensure better outcomes for people living with a mental illness,” Ms Trott said.

“While these are not new issues, these are important changes. We look forward to continuing to work with the Federal Government and the NDIA to ensure the we are all striving to make the NDIS more accessible and responsive to the needs of people with mental health conditions.”

QAMH will continue to provide further updates about the psychosocial disability stream as more information is made available.