So you have created and had your care plan approved under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? You now need to decide what works best for you regarding its implementation – that is, arranging the services and support stated in the plan.
Self Management, or Not?
Self-management is one option. Alternatively the NDIS government Agency or approved community organisations can manage your plan on your behalf, taking a “commission” for such management services. Or you can chose a combination of these options.
If you are not confident in dealing with service providers and or managing finances, including paying invoices and tracking expenses, you may wish to consider engaging a (government registered) plan manager or supports coordinator.
Do not underestimate the complexities you may face if you decide to self-manage. However, also do not be deterred by the bureaucracy – if you wish to be independent then you should insist on receiving the support you need to achieve this goal, including capacity building within your care plan.
Care planning, supports coordination, and plan management will become a big industry, with estimates that the government will be spending over $700 million on supports coordination alone. Get your piece of that pie so that the management of your plan is done in the way you want it.
If you are interested in engaging an independent advocate to help you navigate the complexities of the NDIS, contact Faileen. Faileen has worked as a senior executive in the disability services sector, and is passionate about ensuring your rights are respected.