The NDIS funds individuals to purchase disability supports that are assessed as being “reasonable and necessary”. The NDIS will not fund services that are the clear responsibility of another sector such as health. However, the separation of disability from health supports can be unclear. Without access to a range of supports, young people will continue to be admitted to nursing homes, while others may find it difficult to leave. The Summer Foundation is continuing to work towards better outcomes for YPINH who require seamless health and disability services.
We are currently examining a number of ways we can influence decisions about what is funded by the NDIS, such as rehabilitation, to ensure young people get access to the services and supports they need, no matter where the source. We are convening forums to bring together the NDIA and Discharge Planners to examine ways they can work together for better outcomes for you, and prevent new admissions of young people to nursing homes.
To find out more about the health and disability interface, see this article by Libby Callaway and Mark Brown for The Conversation.