The peak body for people with psychosocial disabilities in Queensland has welcomed the NDIS Review Final Report and acknowledges the work of the review panel as comprehensive and consultative.
For people with psychosocial disabilities and the community managed services that offer psychosocial supports, there are important findings and recommendations and many unanswered questions.
“It is significant that the Review has acknowledged that NDIS processes can be traumatising for people with psychosocial disability and that there are simply not enough providers who can competently deliver specialised psychosocial services,” CEO of the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) Jennifer Black said.
“This Review has again made clear that whether people receive psychosocial supports through the NDIS or through community managed services, that much more funding is required to deliver the supports that are actually needed.
“While this Review asks all governments to prioritise supports for people with psychosocial disability as part of general ‘foundational’ supports, it also defers a major decision on funding to a separate ‘gap analysis’ which is not due to report until March 2024.
“This leaves people with psychosocial disabilities and the community managed services working to support them waiting yet again for the assistance they need and deserve.”
The service ‘gap analysis’ is a process, currently led by Health Ministers, which began three years ago in the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry Report into Mental Health.
QAMH’s latest state budget analysis found that an additional $151.3 million in state funding is needed to bridge the gap in state-funded psychosocial supports for people with severe and complex mental illness.
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