NDIS having big impact on mental health services in the ACT

Natasha Lobo News, Reports

A new report adds to mounting evidence that people with mental illness and psychosocial disability are not being well served by the NDIS.

The report, ‘When the NDIS came to the ACT – A story of Hope and Disruption in the Mental Health Sector’, looks at whether the introduction of the NDIS in the ACT has left people with mental illness and psychosocial disability better off.

This new report by the Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) synthesises the experience of not-for-profit (NFP) community-based service providers, people with mental illness and their carers during the first three years of the NDIS in the ACT.

Although many find the NDIS is tough to navigate, where its working well it is changing lives. “We have been involved in many wonderful outcomes for people with NDIS plans and can see what a good plan can achieve for someone living with a psychosocial disability” notes a service provider quoted in the report.

However, the report concludes that at this point in time too many people are feeling worse off under the NDIS. “It started out by being a really wonderful exciting adventure, but now it’s not. We are in crisis” notes another Carer of a person with psychosocial disability.

The report highlights the challenges ahead for the NDIS if it is to deliver on its commitment of more choice and control and a better life for people with disability caused by mental illness. These include increasing the understanding of psychosocial disability across the NDIA workforce, getting the financial framework right, reducing structural rigidities, making the Scheme simpler to navigate and embedding recovery focussed services.

View, download and print the report here