The National Disability Insurance Agency or NDIA has made it their goal to cover more Australians who are suffering from disabilities. Being able to manage your funding is a must if you are planning to become a participant.
Some people think that being approved for funding is all that it takes for the long process to be met, but this is not only it. Funding management seems to be essential when it comes to ensuring that you have properly used the funds being given to you and have access to the supports with less stress. Helping you achieve your goals, enhancing your life, and getting rid of barriers to participation are the good things that you can expect with proper NDIS plan management. And yet, there will be time commitments and extra administration that you must think about.
In NDIS planning, participants are typically being offered a funding management option that is managed by the agency. With this set-up, the NDIA will take charge in providing some payment to organizations and individuals who are going to be giving you services. Despite being an agency-type of management, the service provider that you choose should be part of the list that is approved by the NDIA that will meet with their criteria of pricing. And yet, there are some reasons that would make this kind of set-up not so ideal among NDIA participants. Firstly, you might not have in your locality some service providers who are registered accordingly. Having someone working with you that you like and you are comfortable with and knows your history can also be another reason. And of course, even if you already have a service provider in mind that is just right for you, they might not be considered a good option as they are beyond the price guide that has been set.
All of these things point to the benefit of going for a plan management option instead. It is a combination of agency management and self-management where someone will file and pay for your invoices and will take care of your paperwork while making sure that you are still given the flexibility and choice. Funding for the NDIS plan manager that you hire will be covered by the NDIS to make things easier for you as a participant. One of the best things about plan management will have to be the fact that it is akin to any other service you get with some funding from the NDIS. The only different will be that it falls under the category of ‘improved life choices’. To have a better perspective about the matter, getting the services of an NDIS plan manager means that no costs will be taken from other areas required for your budget since it has no cost all to start with. You do not need to wait a long process to receive some funding from your organization like what most services require, you just have to ask to have a plan manager and you are good to go.