The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the most radical reshaping of the disability sector in recent history and is currently being rolled out across the nation.
The NDIS has significant implications for people living with mental health conditions and the community managed sector that supports them. MHCC has been intricately involved in the trial, implementation and full expression of the NDIS as a leader and representative of the community managed mental health sector.
Current NDIS Projects
The NDIA has funded MHCC to undertake three NDIS projects over the next two years. The projects allow MHCC to continue important conversations about NDIS implementation from a mental health perspective. Importantly, the projects allow our sector to continue to contribute to increasing the opportunities and reducing the challenges of NDIS implementation within the mental health reform environment. Some brief information about the projects are below.
NSW ILC Community Engagement Education Package (CEEP) Project
MHCC is working with people with lived experience to co-design a community engagement package to support people living with a mental health condition and/or at risk of developing psychosocial disability. The education/resource package will assist Community Workers, volunteers and peers to better support people living with a mental health condition or psychosocial disability who are ineligible, or do not want to have, an NDIS plan.
National ILC project – reimagine.today stage 2
Stage 2 of reimagine.today has employed Peer Leaders across States and Territories to coordinate peer networks to co-design resources and information directed at supporting people with psychosocial disability. The peer networks focus on supporting people with a psychosocial disability from marginalised groups including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people in rural and remote areas and people from the LGBTIQA+ community. The co-designed resources will be added to the reimagine.today website, better supporting people with psychosocial disability to build their capacity to self-advocate and self-manage whilst also providing the information needed to make decisions and choices about NDIS, mainstream and community services.
reimagine.today training – for NDIA & LAC staff nationally
MHCC has developed a reimagine.today training package to be delivered to current and future NDIA and Local Area Coordinator (LAC) Partners in the Community staff. People with lived experience will deliver the training at up to 20 locations across Australia by the end of June 2019. MHCC will also develop an online learning component about using the reimagine.today website . The anticipated outcome of training is to increase awareness of the reimagine.today website and to demonstrate to NDIA staff and their LAC partners how to effectively use it to help people living with a mental health condition.
Where the NDIS is currently in place, MHCC offers resources and representation to support access, evaluation and evolution of the scheme. This includes our award-winning website resource, reimagine.today to support access to the NDIS.
MHCC is supporting transition to the NDIS with consultation, research, representation and stakeholder engagement. This work includes guidelines for establishing a Community of Practice to assist communities transitioning to the NDIS, guidelines on distinguishing between “disability support” and “rehabilitation”, involvement in sector reference groups and initiation of a national NDIS conference for the community managed mental health sector.
Between June 2013 and 2016, MHCC collaborated with the Mental Health Commission of NSW to undertake an NDIS trial, the NDIS Mental Health Analysis Partnership Project. The project focused on three communities in the Hunter New England Local Health District chosen to trial the NDIS: Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland. The research and publications that resulted from this NDIS trial are freely available.