“There has been a lot of anxiety about how mental health is being covered under the NDIS and I welcome the new NDIS stream, Australian Greens spokesperson on mental health, Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“However, there is still a huge gap in services and funding for people who don’t qualify for the NDIS.
“I have repeatedly raised concerns that people with psychosocial disability are going to lose out on services as people move onto the NDIS and current support programs finish up. These concerns also came up strongly in the Joint Select Committee inquiry into the issue.
“We have seen people with psychosocial disability signing up to the NDIS at a slower rate than anticipated and clearly there are barriers.
“People are falling through the gaps and will continue to do so unless these issue are addressed.
“People with psychosocial disability need to be properly supported whether it’s through the NDIS or services in the community .
“Last year, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced an $80 million commonwealth fund to help plug some of the gap in mental health services that emerged after the NDIS began, but we really need a proper audit of whether people are getting the benefits to this funding to make sure that no one is missing out.
“I will be following up with the NDIS and Department at Estimates in October."
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