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A team from Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) and the University of Sydney have today released alarming findings about the adequacy of support that will be available for people living with serious mental illness outside of the NDIS when three Commonwealth funded mental health programs cease in 2020.

You can read the full report here.

The report shows that 50% of people currently utilising the Partners in Recovery (PIR), Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) and Support for Day to Day Living (D2DL) national programs have not yet applied for the NDIS. More worryingly, only half of those who have applied have been deemed eligible to enter the NDIS.

The data captured in this report is from 31 mental health focused community mental health organisations and the 64 individual federal programs and 8162 individuals around the country that participated in this second phase of the project.

Key Findings include;

  • 50% of people in these programs have not applied for NDIS
  • Less than 2% increase in proportion of people who have applied since last report (July-Oct data)
  • 19% do not want to, are unable to or are yet to start the process
  • Of the 50% who have applied – only half of those people have been deemed eligible
  • 5% decrease in proportion of applicants who have been deemed eligible

The report also finds the application process continues to present barriers and hurdles for people with psychosocial disability. Given the limited time frame, immediate action is needed to continue to expand the support for people with psychosocial disability in their application process to the NDIS.

This Federal Election we are partnering with SACOSS to present a forum called NDIS, Mental Health and the Federal Election. This free event lets you the voter ask MPs and Senators key questions about the NDIS and the continuation of psychosocial services.

Details are

Date: Tuesday 30th April, 2019

Time: 10:15am for a 10:30am start, finishing at 11:45am

Venue: Stamford Plaza, 150 North Terrace Adelaide

To book just click here.

 

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