Productivity Commission NDIS Costs Issues Paper
CMHA has made a submission the Productivity Commission NDIS Costs Issues Paper. The key recommendations made in the submission were:
• The NDIS Act must be reviewed now that the legislation is actually at implementation, as recommended by Ernst and Young’s 2015 review of the NDIS legislation.
• There must be indicators that sit along-side the indicator of the number of people receiving plans, such as the number of reviews and appeals requested and consumer satisfaction with and an understanding of plans received.
• The Department of Health must continue to fund a low barrier to entry, flexible program for people living with a mental illness who will not be eligible for the NDIS.
• The planning process must be conducted by people with experience in and an understanding of mental health and culturally relevant factors; consumers must be able to view and understand a plan before it is finalised; and assessment and planning for people living with a mental illness or people who do not have English as a first or second language must be conducted face-to-face and not over the telephone, unless it is determined this is appropriate.
• Support for carers of people living with a mental illness should be separate to the NDIS.
• Quality assurance processes specifically tailored for psychosocial support services must be developed as a part of the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework.
The CMHA submission can be accessed on the Productivity Commission website at http://www.pc.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/215038/sub0011-ndis-costs.pdf