National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

NDIS Roll out

What is the NDIS? The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing individualised support for people with disability. The NDIS is about choice and control, support to live more independently and working towards achieving your goals. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was launched in Tasmania mid 2013. The first stage of NDIS in Tasmania will cover all eligible adolescents aged 15-24. “This approach has been chosen because it represents an opportunity to examine and improve the range of supports that need to be in place for young people with disability to ensure a smooth transition between school and work or higher education”. Information extracted from the official NDIS website. You can find out all about the NDIS at Mosaic Support Services and the NDIS Mosaic Support Services is registered to provide a range of services through the National Disability Insurance Agency -NDIA). We offer individualised services and supports for both children and adults, tailored to meet your needs and the supports funded in your NDIS Plan. As we are registered to provide a wide range of supports, you can choose Mosaic Support Services to provide one, many or possibly all of the supports you have identified. What is an NDIS plan? The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will assist you to develop a plan about your goals and support needs to assist you in achieving them. If you decide that you would like Mosaic Support Services to provide a service funded in your plan, it is important that you contact us via the Case Management team so we can confirm whether we can provide services and if required provide a quote for your consideration. If you are already receiving a service from us like an Individual Support Package (ISP), you will have a set amount of time before you need to use these hours and move to your NDIA funding. We can explain this to you if you are unsure. If you currently receive Respite at Lutana – Unit 1 or Unit 2 and you have been provided with respite funding in your plan, can you please call the Executive Manager – Respite, so we know what respite you require. Executive Manager – Respite will then need to consider availability and we would like to be able to tell you what we can provide up front, so as you can source another Respite Service if required. Should you proceed to the next level and choose Mosaic Support Services as your provider, Mosaic Support Services will confirm your support in a Service Agreement. In order to access the NDIA portal Mosaic Support Services requires the following information: A copy of the plan relating to the support Mosaic is providing – we do not need to see all of your plan as this is your information and we understand that you may not wish to share the whole plan

  1. Your NDIA number – on the front of your plan
  2. Your Date of Birth
  3. Your proposed engagement date e.g. start date on your plan

Mosaic Support Services requires this information to be able to access the NDIA portal, to be able to view your supports and invoice NDIA for the hours provided to you. We have had a number of families and clients already access Mosaic Support Services via the NDIS and they have made us aware that new clients entering the scheme may need assistance with what questions to think about prior to your planning meeting. Link here to download  NDIA-questions – this is being updated It is also important to remember that to continue to access Mosaic Support Services you may need various plans to be developed and reviewed such as manual handling plans, epilepsy plan, complex care plans. If this is the case you will need to have the development and review of these plans included in your NDIA plan. Look forward to hearing from you today. Click here if you would like to give your feed back on the NDIS NDIS Having Your Say Update form the CEO December 2015 The NDIS trial commenced in Tasmania in July 2013 for 15 to 24 year old participants with disabilities. There are nearly 1,000 people in this age group in Tasmania and the expectation is that all of these will have an NDIS plan and will start to receive services prior to 30th June 2016. Currently, STAR and Cosmos are offering services to many in this age group with:

  • 84 being supported by My Community in Day Support activities and vacation programs and camps.
  • 42 being supported in centre based respite services
  • 15 in other My Time Away  individualised overnight support, transitional support and  other group activities (e.g. Weekends Away and Saturday skill development programs)
  • 4 supported in My Home group home accommodation services.

After allowing for some overlap of participants attending more than one program, there are still many more than 100 individual people utilising STAR and Cosmos services that receive NDIS funding, representing more than 10% of the total age group in the state. The next stages of the NDIS rollout in Tasmania has now been announced. From July 2016, the rollout will be extended to all people with disabilities between the ages of 12 and 28. From July 2017, this will be extended to all between 4 and 34 and from July 2018, it will roll out to all between 0 and 64. The Minister for Health and Human Services (Hon. Jacquie Petrusma) has also confirmed that people that are being supported through the NDIS when they are 64 years old, will continue to be supported once they turn 65 and will remain covered for their lifetime. Others not covered by NDIS at age 64 will be covered through the aged care system as they turn 65. Furthermore, the NDIS has delayed their final decision on how they will fund housing for people with disabilities until they complete further consultation through to March 2016. This remains a significant area of concern as there is still a large waiting list of people with disabilities seeking group homes. There are still many challenges ahead in terms of bedding down the NDIS systems and processes to be able to cope with existing demand let alone the expected large growth in future service demand. The switch to greater choice by participants and payment in arrears are also areas that mean that service providers like STAR and Cosmos continue to be challenged in accessing appropriately flexible staffing options as well as ensuring continuing financial viability. However, it is very exciting to see more and more people start to gain access to some funding to assist them in accessing services. Once we have a system that is operating smoothly and is appropriately resourced, it will be fantastic to see everyone have access to appropriate quality services. STAR and Cosmos have recently approached the Federal Minister in charge of the NDIS and its Agency (NDIA) to offer its assistance in designing the systems, processes and ensuring the pricing reflects the services being provided.

For more information about the full roll out of the NDIS- Click here                   

We held an information session for families. You will find the Q&A in the following link: Questions from information session for families NDIS MY Gov and Tascare.

Looking for Mosaic Community Care Inc. from Western Australia? Click here. Mosaic Support Services Tasmania is a separate organisation and is not affiliated or associated with Mosaic Community Care Inc. in Western Australia.