The National Psychosocial Support (NPS) measure
Just $2M a year for 4 years has been provided by the Commonwealth to provide services to Western Australians with psychosocial disability who have severe mental illness and who are not more appropriately funded by the NDIS.
What this means, and who will be able to access this service is still unclear, but we do know that an assessment of ineligibility for NDIS is not needed for to be eligible for NPS Measure services. One of the main objectives is a reduction in the need for more intense and acute health services, through providing an integration of psychosocial supports with clinical supports.
Timelines are tight – WA Primary Health Alliance must put in place interim programs by February through to June.
WAPHA has committed to work with consumers to identify what they would like the services to achieve – which will inform the design and commissioning of the long-term services that will run from July 2019. WAAMH is part of a reference group to inform this process.
Continuity of Supports
During 2019, WAPHA will also commission services for people who previously accessed programs funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health: Partners in Recovery, Day to Day Living and Personal Helpers and Mentors. These programs are transitioning to the NDIS, and a new program called Continuity of Supports (CoS) will support those people who are not eligible for the NDIS from July 2019.
WAAMH contributed to Community Mental Health Australia’s Position Statement on Continuity of Supports, which was developed in early 2018 to provide advice on what continuity of support should look like.
CoS funding is a drop in the ocean compared to these existing services, and with little information from federal government, we can’t yet see what these services will look like or how they will support consumers to achieve similar recovery outcomes to these existing programs.
More information on WAPHA’s website.