Navigating the realm of psychology coverage under the NDIS can be overwhelming, leaving many unsure about what is covered and what isn’t. The short answer is yes, the NDIS does cover psychology, but not everyone is eligible for it. Let’s take a further look into this.
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a government initiative dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities through financial support. The NDIS offers financial support to individuals who qualify for disability assistance, enabling them to spend more time with their loved ones, attain increased independence, access new skills, pursue employment or engage in volunteering within their community, and enhance their overall quality of life. Additionally, the NDIS serves as a vital link between people with disabilities and various community services. This encompasses facilitating connections with doctors, community groups, sports clubs, support networks, libraries, and schools.
Does the NDIS cover Psychology?
Absolutely! Among the wide range of provisions, psychological support services are included, provided that the person meets the eligibility criteria.
The specific psychological services covered by the NDIS are tailored to meet the unique needs and circumstances of each individual. As the NDIS prioritises functional ability and long-term recovery, it extends support to individuals whose disability has caused significant and enduring functional impairments.
- Individual support:
This assistance is available to individuals on a longer mental health rehabilitation journey. It is particularly applicable to those whose mental health conditions present complex challenges, significantly impacting their ability to carry out daily activities.
- General support:
Under the umbrella of general support, the NDIS acts as a vital link, connecting individuals with diagnosed mental health conditions or psychosocial disabilities to diverse government programs and community-based resources for ongoing mental health care.
The NDIS is committed to nurturing the well-being and progress of individuals, recognising the importance of psychological support in their journey towards a fulfilling life.
Am I eligible for NDIS funding for psychology?
Firstly, you’ll be required to complete an Evidence of Psychosocial Disability form, which can be filled out by a clinician, support worker, or a family member or friend who knows you well. Additionally, like all other NDIS participants, you’ll need to submit either a Verbal Access Request form or an Access Request form to ensure a streamlined acceptance process. These forms pave the way for you to progress towards receiving the support you deserve.
To become a NDIS participant, certain age and residency requirements must be met. Firstly, you need to be below the age of 65 at the time of application. Additionally, it is essential to be a resident of Australia, holding either Australian citizenship, permanent residency, or a Special Category Visa.
Your disability must meet the NDIS criteria:
- This includes having a disability that is either permanent or likely to be permanent, significantly impacting your daily life and hindering your participation in the community or workforce.
- Your disability should be of a nature that requires support from others to engage in activities and perform tasks at home.
- The NDIS does not provide funding for every category of psychological support for NDIS participants. This includes support that is unrelated to a person’s disability or if the support falls under the purview of another government organisation, like Medicare.
So yes, if you are eligible the NDIS does cover psychology, as it is an important part of all recovery processes and treatments. Contact us at RAR Therapy today and we’ll happily assist you in the process.
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