The majority of NDIS plans include therapy as an option for receiving support. However, it can be difficult to understand how the NDIS actually finances the various kinds of therapies. In this article, we will examine some of the different kinds of therapies that are eligible for funding under the NDIS, as well as the process by which you can add these therapies to your NDIS plan.
What kinds of therapy are covered by the National Disability Insurance Scheme?
There is a wide variety of treatment modalities to choose from. These may include everything from speech therapy and physiotherapy to art therapy, music therapy, or even sex therapy.
Because there is such a wide variety of therapies to choose from, we want to encourage you to use your imagination when considering which ones could be of assistance to you in reaching your NDIS objectives.
Occupational therapy is one of the treatment modalities that is utilised most frequently. You can work with an Occupational Therapist, also known as an OT, to develop your skills and increase your level of independence. OTs are also responsible for conducting evaluations for individuals who are interested in purchasing Assistive Technology, receiving funding for Supported Independent Living, or moving into Specialist Disability Accommodation. They are also able to provide written evidence in the event that you are going to have a plan reviewed.
Will I be able to receive funding for my therapy through the NDIS?
You have to be able to demonstrate that a certain kind of therapy is reasonable and necessary before the NDIS will allow you to use the funding for it. If you can show that a therapy will deliver an expected outcome and is aligned with the goals and objectives in your NDIS plan, the NDIS should fund it. This is a general rule that applies across the board.
How does the National Disability Insurance Scheme pay for therapy?
The NDIS divides therapy into three categories, all of which are considered to be supports for capacity building. Our NDIS Price Guide Navigator provides access to the maximum price limits that apply to each therapy classification. These can be accessed here.
1. An Enhancement to Everyday Activities (category 15)
This is typically the most common type of support category within your NDIS plan, and it covers both major and generic therapy services. Everything from speech therapy to dance therapy is included in this category because, as the name of the category suggests, it encompasses therapy that can “improve your daily living skills.” Occupational therapy is included in this as well.
2. Enhancement of Health and General Well-Being (category 12)
This category includes funding for activities that can assist you in sustaining, maintaining, or increasing your physical mobility, health, or overall wellbeing. It can include funding for supports like dieticians, exercise physiology and personal trainers.
3. Increased Quality of Relationships (category 11)
The goal of the treatments that fall under this category is to assist you in making positive changes to your capacity for interacting with other people and forming relationships with them. Supports such as psychologists and behavioural therapists can be included in this category.
How do I go about finding a therapist who is a good fit for me?
There are a few different routes that one can take in order to locate a therapist:
- If you have a support coordinator, they will be able to put you in touch with a therapist who is appropriate for your requirements and circumstances.
- In addition to this, a Local Area Coordinator ought to be able to offer you some guidance.
- Find the right service providers with the help of the many online directories that list therapists in your area. There are also many online directories.