Life Before NDIS
Life Before NDIS
Before the introduction of NDIS, Service Providers such as MDEIP have been receiving NSW Government block funding from ADHC to provide EI services to children from 0>8 yoa who have been assessed with developmental delay including a diagnosed syndrome and/or complex medical condition
Families/carers have needed to pay for any additional EI services that their child may require even if the child has a Medicare plan when there is a gap to be paid by the child’s parents/carers.
The types of funding available were:
FaHCSIA Funding > HCWA
• FaHCSIA = Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs
• 2008 > Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) Funding
• Children diagnosed with an asd before 6 yoa
• $6 000 x 2 = $12 000 > 7th birthday or funds expended
• HCWA funding for SP + OT + Therapist-approved resources to assist with the cost of EI services + Behavioural Psychologist
FaHCSIA Funding > BSI
• January 2009 > Better Start for Children with Disability Initiative (BSI) Funding
• Children diagnosed before 6 yoa with moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment including deaf andblindness, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or Fragile X syndrome
• $6 000 x 2 = $12 000 >7th birthday or funds expended
• BSI funding for SP + OT + PT + Therapist-approved resources to assist with the cost of EI services + some ongoing Medicare items
• July 2009 > FaHCSIA added children diagnosed with Prader Willi, Williams, Angelman, Kabuki, Smith-Magenis, CHARGE, Cornelia de Lange, Cri du Chat syndromes and Microcephaly
• February 2014 > children diagnosed with Rett’s Disorder moved from HCWA funding to BSI funding
FaHCSIA > DSS
• In 2014 = FaHCSIA changed to Department of Social Services (DSS)
• HCWA funding and BSI funding continued as before
• Life-long conditions
• How were parents/carers going to maintain these ongoing services for their children?
• How were children, young people and adults who did not have these diagnoses going to fund these ongoing services?