NDIS shortfall may leave 225 000 without mental health services

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Mental health advocates are concerned people whose mental illnesses prevent them from fully engaging in work, education and other aspects of life may not pass through the rigorous application process of the NDIS.

Currently the National Disability Insurance Agency estimates 64 000 people with what is known as a psychosocial disability will be participants in the scheme by 2020.

But this would leave 225 000 without support, according to analysis by Mental Health Australia.

While the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the NDIS has recommended those in psychosocial support programs shouldn’t have to sign up to the NDIS to receive services, the future for many is still unclear.

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