Link December 2018 Volume 27 Issue 6 - Page 18

ndis Mental health support People with severe M inister for Mental Health Australia Families CEO Frank Quinlan and Social (pictured) welcomed Services, Paul Fletcher, the Government’s and Assistant Minister announcement and the for Disability Services, NDIA’s support of the Sarah Henderson, majority of the report’s jointly announced a new recommendations. ‘psychosocial disability stream’ for the NDIS. and persistent mental “We’re pleased the NDIA and Government is “This reform follows listening to the concerns health issues will have recommendations by the of NDIS participants and improved access and national peak organisation, their carers, and will be support in the National Mental Health Australia investing in improving the Disability Insurance in its National Disability experience of people with Insurance Scheme mental health issues under implementation of the new Psychosocial Disability the NDIS. We look forward psychosocial disability Stream Report,” Mr to working with the NDIA stream,” Mr Quinlan said. Fletcher said. in the further design and Scheme (NDIS), the Federal Government has announced. A LA NSW President Andrew Stone (pictured) said ALA has reports of people waiting more than 12 months to receive clarity on how their NDIS supports will be affected by a compensation payment. “It is appropriate that supports provided by the NDIS are reduced to account for any compensation paid by an insurer but significant uncertainty and distress is being caused by unreasonably long delays in calculating repayment amounts,” he said. Delays limit fair access Extensive delays, bureaucracy and difficulties surrounding the appeals and review process are access services and equipment but don’t know if they will have enough funding after their compensation has been accounted for and they have made any required repayments.” The ALA made a submission to the ‘Inquiry into the implementation of the NDIS and the provision of disability services in NSW’ outlining concerns around fair and equal access making it impossible for people to the system. the National Disability Insurance as it rolls out and there are many people benefiting from NDIS to have fair and equal access to Scheme (NDIS) in New South Wales, according to the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA). 18 “This creates stress on family members caring for people with catastrophic injuries, or people with disability who are trying to ndis “We appreciate that there is significant pressure on the system services. However, too many people are not receiving the support they need to live an ordinary life, and NDIA processes are making it very difficult for them to have a plan reviewed or appealed.”