Many NDIS participants have some type of therapy in their plan, such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy or support from a dietician. For many, therapy is crucial to achieving the goals in their NDIS plan – but accessing it with your NDIS funds can be complex and hard to understand. Various therapies and supports can feature in several categories, so it’s often difficult to keep track of your spending and sometimes therapists struggle to find out how to invoice their services or what price to charge.This article explains how therapy works in the NDIS and gives you some tips on how to get the most out of your NDIS therapy budgets.
In its own words, the NDIS will cover “therapeutic supports, including behaviour support.” But, given how many kinds of therapies exist, what exactly does that mean? It depends on the goals you’ve set out in your NDIS plan and what’s considered "reasonable and necessary". As a general rule, if you can show that a therapy relates to your disability, will deliver an expected outcome, and is aligned with your goals and objectives, the NDIS will fund it.There are three main categories in your NDIS plan that can cover your therapies:
1. Improved Daily LivingThis is usually the support category that covers therapy services in your NDIS plan, and it includes most of the major therapeutic treatments. As the name of the category suggests, it covers all therapy that can ‘improve your daily living skills’, from speech therapy to art therapy.The maximum hourly rates in this category can vary depending on the type of therapy.
2. Improved RelationshipsTherapies that are covered under this category are intended to help you make positive changes to your ability to socialise and relate to others. It can provide funding to help control concerning behaviours, and can include supports like psychologists, behavioural therapists and psychiatrists.In this category, there are three different rates, depending on the type of support. The highest rate is for highly specialised ‘behavioural intervention support’.
3. Improved Health & WellbeingThis category covers funding for activities which can help you support, maintain or increase your physical mobility or wellbeing. It can include funding for supports like dieticians, exercise physiology and personal trainers.In this category, maximum hourly rates can vary, depending on the type of supports,
At Plan Partners, we see many people who have Improved Daily Living supports in their NDIS plan, but require specialist therapies that should actually be covered by one of the two other categories mentioned above. They often run into trouble when their therapist invoices them for more than the maximum rate that can be charged within Improved Daily Living Skills.To prevent this from happening and ensure you get therapies under Improved Relationships or Improved Health & Wellbeing included in your NDIS plan, there are some key things you should do:
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