Editors Note: We have heard very little indeed from the NDIS as to their mental health management strategy; we have not heard any success stories in relation to mental health as are continually being told with physical disabilities. Do you have a story in relation to mental health and the NDIS? Please leave your feedback in the comments section.
The real concern that could arise is what will happen to mental health patients who aren’t serious enough for the NDIS and are left to State health systems? Most Commonwealth funding for mental health is being put into the NDIS and a lot of vulnerable people could be left without assistance.
The head of a mental health service in Geelong has come out swinging against the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Pathways CEO Alyson Miller says the scheme may be working for people with a physical disability but it is leaving mental health patients behind.
She claims governments will have ‘blood on their hands’ if the NDIS is rolled out nationally.
Pathways supports more than 360 people with a mental illness and employs almost 150 people.
Ms Miller says the former Gillard federal government ‘lumped’ mental heath in with disability at the last minute but the available funding is insufficient to support their varying needs.
She says the 30-year-old organisation is losing $1million every six months and it could close by Christmas if things do not change.