National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Sally-Ann has been accredited as a provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). .

Children with a disability  who were under the Helping Children with Autism Package (FaHCSIA) or the Better Start Programmes in South Australia started to move over to the NDIS from 1 July 2013. Children currently in disability support programs aged from birth to two years were the first group to access the scheme, with children up to five years entering the scheme before July 2014. From July 2014, the age limit will be extended to 13 years and in the third year of launch all children up to 14 years will be able to enter the scheme. From July 2016, the NDIS will progressively roll out in South Australia and by July 2018, all eligible residents will be covered.

For further information please refer to http://www.ndis.gov.au/ or call Sally-Ann on 0438 199 232.

Sally-Ann is a Trans-Disciplinary Provider for the NDIS thus she is able to provide Speech Pathology services for her clients. Whilst Sally-Ann has chosen not to manage clients’ funding, she is happy to liaise with the appropriate Allied Health Professional who is doing so in order to determine how your funding will be spent during the year to maximize your child’s opportunity to progress. This decision is collaborative with the parents being central to the decision-making process.

Autism Diagnoses:  In South Australia, for a diagnosis of Autism to be recognised by Autism SA, children will still require diagnoses from two of the following combinations of professionals: Speech Pathologist, Psychologist, or Paediatrician. Reports from these professionals plus a Notification form are sent to Autism SA for registration of a diagnosis of Autism.

As the National Disability Insurance Scheme funding is based upon the child’s ability to function within society, these reports can be most useful. Nevertheless  parents who are of the opinion that their child has a disability can go straight onto the NDIS website and fill in the My Access Checker to determine whether or not their child would qualify for support. Parents can submit the necessary information to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) so that the planners can determine whether or not their child qualifies for support. Only one report from either a Speech Pathologist, Psychologist or Paediatrician is required for this funding. Obviously, the more reports that one has, the greater the chance is for getting the appropriate amount of funding.

The amount of funding received by the child is dependent upon the functional difficulties that your child might have.

 Upon your first NDIS funded session you will need bring along your child’s letter of introduction from the NDIS Client to complete a ‘Client Consent to Claim Payment Form’ which authorizes Sally-Ann to submit a claim to National Disability Insurance Agency for payment any Speech Pathology service your child has received.

At the completion of each session, Sally-Ann requires that you sign a form that acknowledges provision of the service. NDIA will send you regular statements indicating how much of your child’s funding has been used to date.

Should you inadvertently run out of the NDIS  funding money you as the Parent or Carer are ultimately responsible for payment of the outstanding Speech Pathology accounts.

For those clients who would like to ‘Self-Manage’ the funding from the NDIS, Sally-Ann would need you to sign a form stating that you will be responsible for payment of the account out of your child’s NDIS banking account. Payment of invoices are expected on the day the service has been provided. Clients are encouraged to retain all receipts for auditing purposes. In some instances, clients are welcome to do a direct transfer of the amount owing for the lessons. Sally-Ann’s banking details will be at the bottom of the invoice. Again

Should you wish to purchase resources for your child using part of the allocated  funding, these resources need to be factored into your child’s funding as being deemed reasonable and necessary as part of your child’s treatment. Sally-Ann is most willing to advise parents as to what resources will be needed. She will need to prescribe these resources and will send the necessary forms to  Domicillary Equipment Services for approval (DES) and your child’s NDIS Planner before these can be obtained.

Payment at this practice is expected on the day of service.