A new plan has been announced to cut waiting times for children with disabilities accessing Early Childhood Early Intervention.
On average, it takes 127 days for a child to receive a plan, though NDIS Minister and Gold Coast MP Stuart Rob hopes to reduce it to within 50 days.
Early intervention aims to reduce the impact of a child’s impairment on their functional capacity by providing support at the earliest possible stage.
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The six-month plan will be implemented by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
Key initiatives include:
– Working with Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Partners to secure additional resources.
– For children who are eligible for the NDIS, but who may experience a 50 day+ wait time, the NDIA will provide a standardised interim plan for six months.
– For new participants not categorised as complex or transferring from an existing disability program – they will be given a standardised interim plan for $10,000.
– For those transferring from an existing disability program their interim NDIS plan and funding package will reflect their existing support levels. Though if that amount is lower than $10,000— they will also receive the $10,000 standardised interim plan for up to six months.
– For participants with complex support needs, they will immediately be streamed to an NDIA Early Childhood specialist to develop their plan and appropriate funding package.
Minister Robert said the announcement hopes to promote family decision-making and ensure the needs of the whole family are considered to support the child’s development.
“The NDIS has the potential to be a game-changer for families and children with significant and permanent disability or developmental delay to meet their goals and engage in the community.
“I know this is already the case for many children in Australia. But I also know that unnecessarily complex processes have the potential to discourage families who are already doing so much for their children.
“As the Minister for the NDIS, I have been working with the NDIA to identify what more can be done to reduce the backlogs that are currently being experienced by families in some locations,” Minister Robert said.
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