Everything you need to know about managing and implementing parts of your NDIS plan
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a comprehensive social support system designed to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities. As one of the country’s most treasured programs, the NDIS has provided support to thousands of people living with disabilities.
As part of your introduction to the Scheme, creating a disability plan and implementing it is critical to ensure smooth access to supports and services tailored to an individual’s needs. In this article, we will take a look at the three types of NDIS management, delve into the process of NDIS plan implementation, and discuss the six key points that underpin the NDIS framework.
If you have any questions or concerns about NDIS plan implementation and management, get in touch with HealSoul. As a quality disability support provider, our team can assist you in finding your own sense of independence through better NDIS plan implementation.
What are the three types of NDIS management?
When the time comes to manage an NDIS plan, participants have three options to choose from. Each of these three management types can determine how funds are collected and utilised to meet the needs outlined in the plan.
Participants have the flexibility to manage their NDIS funds independently, including choosing service providers and handling financial transactions. This is ideal for participants who have the capacity to manage their own plan full-time.
- Plan management
Participants can opt for an external plan manager who takes care of financial administration, such as paying providers and managing invoices, on behalf of the participant. This is ideal for participants who need additional support and time.
This involves the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) directly managing the funds and coordinating services on behalf of the participant. For participants, this is the most hands-off management style for participants.
Choosing between these three styles of management can have an effect on how your NDIS plan is delivered. If you aren’t sure which management type will suit your situation, contact HealSoul. Our team can give you accurate and unbiased advice on what will work best for you.
What is an NDIS plan implementation?
Now that you’ve chosen a plan and management style, it’s time to put it into action. NDIS plan implementation involves working closely with the NDIA or a registered plan manager to ensure the allocated funds and supports are employed in the most effective way.
The implementation process typically includes the following steps:
- Setting goals: Stakeholders work to identify and prioritise the participant’s goals, aspirations, and support requirements.
- Developing the plan: Collaboration with the NDIA or planner creates a comprehensive plan that outlines the necessary supports, services, and budget.
- Finding service providers: Researching and selecting suitable service providers who can assist in achieving the participant’s goals and objectives.
- Organising support delivery: Coordinating and scheduling services ensures smooth communication and collaboration between all parties involved.
- Monitoring progress: Regularly reviewing and assessing the participant’s progress toward their goals, recording this progress.
- Reviewing the plan: The NDIS plan is reviewed annually to assess the participant’s evolving needs and goals, making necessary updates to ensure the best results.
What is NDIS management?
NDIS management refers to the overall administration, coordination, and oversight of the NDIS funds and supports. It involves various stakeholders, including participants, service providers, plan managers, and the NDIA.
The key aspects of NDIS management include:
- Participant choice and the right to exercise choice and control over their supports, services, and providers.
- Support coordination to assist participants in navigating the services and supports outlined in their NDIS plan.
- Efficient financial management to ensure funds are allocated appropriately, invoices are processed, and budgets are adhered to.
- Regular monitoring and review processes are in place to ensure the plan remains aligned with the participant’s needs and goals.
- Safeguards to maintain high-quality support while protecting participants’ rights and wellbeing.
- Effective communication and collaboration between participants, service providers, and the NDIA are crucial for successful plan implementation and management.
What are the 6 key points of the NDIS?
The NDIS framework operates based on six key points that form the foundation of its principles and objectives:
- Individualised support
The NDIS recognises that each person’s disability support needs are unique, aiming to provide tailored supports that enable greater independence and participation in the community.
- Choice and control
Participants have the freedom to choose their preferred service providers, set their goals, and decide how their NDIS funds are allocated and managed.
- Early intervention
The NDIS focuses on early identification and intervention to provide necessary supports that prevent or minimise the impact of disability on an individual’s life.
- Lifetime approach
The scheme aims to provide lifelong support by recognising that disability can be present at any stage of life, ensuring appropriate assistance is available whenever needed.
- Local community engagement
The NDIS fosters community connections, promoting active involvement and inclusion of participants in their local communities.
- Market-based approach
The NDIS operates within a market-based approach, encouraging competition among service providers to drive innovation, quality, and choice.
By embracing individual choice, control, and early intervention, the NDIS strives to create a supportive environment that caters to the unique needs of individuals with disabilities.
How HealSoul can assist
With effective NDIS management, participants can access the necessary supports and services, promoting greater independence, community engagement, and improved quality of life. Before you get to implementation, it is crucial to have a quality disability support provider in your corner.
HealSoul has built a reputation for delivering quality supports with a strong emphasis on assistance and respect. We’ll work with you one-on-one to formulate the best plan for your situation, ultimately giving you access to a life that fosters more independence and freedom.
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