NDIS In-kind Supports
What is happening to the Commission’s funded services?
The Bilateral Agreement between the State and Commonwealth Governments has identified the following four Commission programs with 'in-kind' arrangements:
- Individualised Community Living Strategy
- Staffed Residential Community Options
- Long Term Residential programs
- Traditional Psychiatric Hostels.
In-kind arrangements are interim funding arrangements, which were put in place when the NDIS started rolling out across Australia. Under these arrangements, providers of some disability support programs continue to be paid in advance by state/territory and/or Commonwealth governments to deliver these services. When used by NDIS participants, these pre-paid supports are called ‘in-kind’.
The Commission is engaged in ongoing discussions with government agencies to establish which of the programs identified in the Bilateral Agreement should continue to be identified as being in-kind. The Commission is continuing to fund these programs until people have had the opportunity to transition into the NDIS and there is agreement for the Commonwealth to provide individualised funding for the NDIS participants.
Approximately 600 people are engaged in the services provided by these ‘in-kind’ programs, and many of these individuals are or will become NDIS participants. The Commission is working with the relevant service providers and government agencies to help make the transition as smooth as possible. People who are not eligible for the NDIS will continue to be supported.
One of the recent initiatives to assist people with psychosocial disability to transition to the NDIS was the Hostels Recovery Support Project. This Project, led by the Commission and National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), ran from 1 June 2018 to 30 September 2019. The main objective was to assist hostel residents to make an NDIS eligibility request and support them with the NDIS planning process when the NDIS rolled out in their area on 1 July 2019.
The Commission employed an Independent Project Officer to facilitate partnerships and collaboration between the hostels, service providers, four Community Mental Health Teams, Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA), Mental Health Advocacy Service (MHAS) and Western Australia Association of Mental Health (WAAMH) to achieve this aim. The project resulted in 113 individuals being found eligible for NDIS, all of whom now have an approved NDIS plan. An earlier hostels project which ran from October 2015 to November 2016 brought 110 people into the NDIS.