NDIS transition prompts fears for community mental health services, advocates expect reduced quality of care – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Andrew Gibbard with his mental health support worker Robyn Stringer, stand together in his home.

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“The average NDIS package value is nearly three times the average level of funding clients currently receive through the Mental Health Community Support Services program,” Martin Foley, Victoria’s Minister for Housing, Disability, and Ageing, said in a statement.”

 

But for Mr Gibbard, that essential service is changing with the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Ms Stringer’s visits will end by December.

She works for the not-for-profit social and health agency EACH, and her support work is funded through Victoria’s Mental Health Community Support Service (MHCSS).

As the NDIS rolls out in areas of Victoria, the MHCSS is being wrapped up.

Right now, there are more than 900 full and part-time workers in Victoria doing mental health outreach paid for by the MHCSS.

By July next year — when the NDIS fully rolls out across the state — there will be none.

“It’s a shame because we’re going to be losing a lot of workers who are really skilled in mental health,” Ms Stringer says.

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