NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is changing the way disability services are delivered in Australia and Plumtree is here to help.

Plumtree – your bridge to the NDIS

 With over 30 years of experience working with children and families, Plumtree will be your bridge to the NDIS to make sure you receive the right services for your child as soon as possible.

We are an Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Provider for children 6 and under. This means that we provide practical support and information to families who have a concern about their child’s development. For children who are eligible, we can help you to access an NDIS Plan.

We are also a registered NDIS Provider for specialist supports for children from birth to 8. This means that if your child has an NDIS Plan and package, you can choose to use your child’s funding to purchase the services we provide.

Plumtree supports families at different stages – whether you are unsure if your child has a delay or a disability, have a recent diagnosis, are transitioning from FaHCSIA funding, are looking for services for your child, or for workshops and courses for yourself. Plumtree is a family-centred organisation, focused on the needs of the whole family.

Eligibility and Access

To be eligible for an NDIS Plan and funding package a person must:

  • Have a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities
  • Be under 65 years of age when first accessing the scheme
  • Be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who holds a Protected Special Category Visa.

Access does not depend on having a formal diagnosis. Use the NDIS Access Checklist tool to find out if you are eligible to receive assistance from the NDIS.

Children aged 6 and under who do not meet eligibility criteria for an NDIS Plan can still receive some supports from Plumtree through the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach and will be linked in with other services in the community.

Depending on your child’s age, there are two ways to join the scheme.

Access for children 6 and under

If your child has been receiving services from Plumtree or another organisation funded by Ageing, Disability and Home Care, your child’s details will be automatically forwarded to the NDIA, who will contact you to confirm your details.

For all other families with children 6 years and under, an Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Provider such as Plumtree will help determine support for your child. See a full list of ECEI Providers in NSW.

For children who are eligible for an NDIS Plan and package, Plumtree will conduct a planning meeting to help develop your first NDIS Plan. This will be then sent to the NDIA for their approval.

Read more about what happens when you get an NDIS Plan, and see a full list of Plumtree’s NDIS Programs.

Access for children 7 and older

If your child has been receiving services from Plumtree or another organisation funded by Ageing, Disability and Home Care, your child’s details will be automatically forwarded to the NDIA. A planner will contact you to organise a meeting. You can also contact a Local Area Coordinator (LAC), such as the St. Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) for assistance.

All other families with children aged 7 and over can phone the NDIA and ask for an Access Request Form.

If your child has an NDIS Plan and package, Plumtree can support you and your child with a wide range of high quality programs including Therapy, Keyworker, small group courses as well as drop-in groups and parent training. 

Read more about what happens when you get an NDIS Plan, and see a full list of Plumtree’s NDIS Programs.

NDIS in a Nutshell

The NDIS provides supports and funding to individual people with disability which gives you greater choice over the supports you need, who you get them from and when. 

The NDIS aims to provide the supports your child needs to achieve positive outcomes. These include: becoming more independent, learning to make choices and being part of family and community life.

In preparing for your plan you will choose goals for your child so that you can achieve the outcomes that you want.

The funding amount is based on an assessment of your child’s individual’s support needs, and what is reasonable and necessary.

What the NDIS will and won’t fund

If you are eligible for an NDIS Plan and funding package, your application will be considered using the Reasonable and Necessary Rules which are a part of the NDIS Act.

The NDIS will not fund services which are seen as the responsibility of other government systems such as education, transport or health. Your requests for support must:

  • Be relevant to the goals and aspirations in your child’s plan
  • Be related to the child’s disability
  • Represent value for money
  • Be likely be effective and beneficial
  • Consider informal supports such as family, friends, community

The ECEI Approach

Early Childhood Early Intervention for children 6 and under

When a child needs extra support, the first point of call will be an Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Provider such as Plumtree. 

If you come along to Plumtree, we will spend time getting to know you and your child. We will listen to what is important to you and assist you to plan the next steps. We will explain the different kinds of services and supports available at Plumtree and from other service providers in the community. We will also support you with your own needs as parents.

Every child and family’s experience will be different. You can read a few ECEI case studies to see how families and children are supported through the ECEI Approach.

Some of the ways in which Plumtree can help you include:

  • Sharing information to help you understand your child’s needs
  • Suggesting supports available in the community to help you achieve your goals for your child
  • Providing initial early supports if your child needs these
  • Linking you with other families who also have concerns about their child, if this is something you would like to do
  • If your child will be best supported by an NDIS Plan and funding package, we will help you to get started and then work to develop a plan with you

We are one of a network of providers in NSW who are partners with the National Disability Insurance Scheme to help families in these very early stages. This role is called Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Provider

Get started with Plumtree to find out how we can assist you as an ECEI provider.

Find other Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Providers in NSW

 

 

 

NDIS Plan

 

NDIS Plan for children of all ages

 

If your child is eligible for an NDIS Plan and funding package, you will be assisted to develop a plan. If your child is 6 and under, you will work with an Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Provider like Plumtree, and if your child is 7 and over, you will work with a Local Area Coordinator.

Once you have submitted your plan and it has been approved by the NDIA, you will receive a funding package. You will then need to activate your plan. If your child is 7 and over your LAC will help you do this. If your child is 6 and under an ECEI Provider like Plumtree will help you do this.

Next you will plan a budget and decide how much you want to spend for different services or programs. You can then contact service providers to talk about how they could help you achieve your goals.

Then you are ready to get started!

Plumtree offers a range of services through NDIS funding and we would be glad to discuss these with you.

 

 

Get NDIS Ready

Get NDIS Ready

Changes are coming as part of the NDIS, but families working with Plumtree can rest assured that we will continue to inform and support you. We welcome questions about the NDIS. Please feel free to talk with our staff or come along to one of our regular NDIS workshops.

Plumtree offers many different ways for you to take the first steps towards the NDIS:

So far over 280 families have come to Plumtree’s NDIS: The Basics workshop, and more than 200 families have completed our 6 Steps to NDIS: First Plan Ready workshop. Join us for our next workshop and get the most out of the NDIS.

 

 

 

NDIS Stories

Read some ECEI stories to see how the ECEI Approach can be tailored for your child and family’s unique needs.

 

 

 

 

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NDIS Programs at Plumtree

View a full list of Plumtree’s NDIS programs.

 

 

 

 

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NDIS Frequently Asked Questions 

I haven't received my call yet - should I be worried?

No, don’t worry, although we understand that is easier to say than do. We feel strongly that Plumtree families should NOT call the NDIS 1800 number and request Access, as that will enter you in the system as a NEW participant. Plumtree have forwarded all our children’s details – including those on the waitlist. Many parents have rung and been told their child’s details are not in the system.  NDIA have recently acknowledged this as an error, and that the call centre don’t have access to all names. As you know, there are tens of thousands of people with disability (or children with developmental delay) who are set to transition from 1 July. It is a massive task. If you haven’t been called yet, you are not alone….your time will come as NDIA continue to contact families.

How soon can I expect our planning meeting?

Our area has started to transition on 1 July, 2017 – how exciting! Some families of children aged 7 and older have already had their planning meeting, while families of children under 7 have not started their planning meetings at this stage. There is a stepped approach to transition, with children receiving ADHC funded services (like those from Plumtree), set to transition before new participants. The NDIA is in the process of allocating children to quarterly or group lists, and the order these lists are sent to Early Childhood partners will determine how soon you will be contacted. We are hoping to receive our first list shortly. We do know that our region is expected to be fully transitioned by July, 2018. As more information becomes available, we will keep you updated.

Who will do the Planning meeting with me?

If your child is under 7 years old, you will do your child’s planning meeting with an experienced Early Childhood Partner, like Plumtree, who have been engaged to act as your NDIA planning representative. If you are a Plumtree family, you may do your Planning with us. If you have accessed services from several Early Childhood Intervention providers, the meeting may be with one or the other.

If your child is 7 or older, you will do the Planning with a Local Area Co-Ordinator (LAC). The LAC for our area is St Vincent de Paul.

Does our child need to be at the Planning meeting?

Again, this is a personal choice. Because this is a funding discussion, and we may be discussing sensitive issues, many families choose not to include their children. Perhaps parents could concentrate better during the planning meeting if children weren’t present. For older children who can express their wants and needs, the child would be encouraged to be involved – after all, this is their plan.

If your child is 7 or older, you will do the Planning with a Local Area Co-Ordinator (LAC). The LAC for our area is St Vincent de Paul.

Are there ranges of funding, based on type of disability?

As part of the planning meeting, you will be asked many questions. One set of questions is called the PEDI-CAT. It is a functional assessment for your child, and will give scores in a number of categories. This information will give NDIA a broad range of funding, based on others with similar conditions. However, it is important to know that each child is individual and has unique needs and circumstances, and because of this, no two plans will be the same.

What happens if I get called from another ECEI access partner for the Planning meeting, but I want to do it with Plumtree instead?

You can contact the NDIA and request another ECEI Access partner, like Plumtree. Remember, once your plan is approved, you can choose your child’s providers, regardless of where your planning took place. Families now have this choice and control, under the NDIS.

How many goals can I choose?

The First Plan is designed to include two goals, however we understand there may be opportunity for up to 7 goals. The planner will be able to help group or combine goals, if that is necessary. Don’t worry about the number so much, as your child’s needs and aspirations, which will guide you. Plumtree are here to help your child and family prepare for your planning meeting. We are hosting free 3 hour ‘6 Steps to NDIS Plan Ready’ workshops, which we recommend all families attend. You can register for these sessions via Eventbrite.

How long are Plans for, and what happens when the first plan is finished? Do we go through the same process?

Your child’s first NDIS plan will be in place for 12 months. Before the plan finishes, you will meet with your NDIS representative (LAC or ECEI partner) to talk about how your child has progressed with their goals, and plan new goals for the year ahead. Each plan will be different as our children’s needs, goals and aspirations change.

I have FaHCSIA funding. How fast should I spend it?

This is a difficult question to answer because we don’t know when families will have an approved NDIS plan.  Will it be August, November, or early 2018? Once your planning meeting is booked, it will be easier to know how long before your plan starts and funding switches over to NDIS. Your FaHCSIA funding is available until either spent, your child turns 7, or your NDIS plan is approved. 

Will the NDIS fund ABA therapy? Or sensory toys?

Because each child is individual and has their own unique set of challenges and circumstances, no two plans are the same. The NDIA base their funding decisions on the Reasonable & Necessary criteria, as outlined in the Act. These include supports which are relevant to the child’s goals and aspirations, facilitate social and economic involvement, are related to the disability, represent value for money, are likely to be effective and beneficial, and take into consideration the informal supports available.

I can't make it to a workshop how do I get first plan ready?

Speak to your Key Worker or Therapist who may be able to do the pre-planning with your family individually. If you can make it to a workshop it is highly recommended, as you learn from other families experiences also.

Do I need reports from my child's therapists?

There are a range of supporting documents you may want to provide to NDIA. These include medical reports, letters of diagnosis (if applicable), any functional assessments, reports from pre-school & school, and previous IFSP documents. You may ask your therapist for a supporting letter which acknowledges your goals and makes recommendations regarding therapy intensity and equipment needs

What is the best way to manage my child's NDIS funds?

There are several ways you can manage your child’s NDIS funds. You can manage your child’s funds (self manage), choose a professional to manage them (Plan Manager), let the NDIA manage it (Agency Management), or a combination. Each family will have different needs, which will guide their choice. For example, if you want to use unregistered providers and/or suppliers, or you want to directly employ staff, you would not choose to Agency Manage, as those options won’t be available to you. Alternatively, if you don’t feel confident managing payments and keeping records, you may choose a Plan Manager, or Agency managed. You will also be able to change management options during your plan, if you change your mind. You can find out more about these options at one of our 6 Steps to plan ready workshops.

Who can help me understand my child's plan? And where do I go if I have questions?

When your plan is approved, you will have an ‘Implementation’ meeting with your LAC or Early Childhood Partner. At that meeting, you will be guided through the plan, what it means, what funding you have received, and how it can be spent. Remember, you have the choice and control of where and when to spend your child’s funding, within the funding guidelines, which will be explained. If you have ongoing questions, you would speak to the LAC or ECEI partner. 

If your needs are more complex, or you feel like you need more intensive support to implement your plan, find supports, negotiate with providers, etc, you may ask for Support Co-Ordination as part of your plan. Perhaps speak with your Plumtree Key Worker for more information about that funded support.

What can I do if I'm not happy with my child's plan?

There are several avenues for appeal or plan review. Your LAC or ECEI partner will be able to explain these to you in more detail. We suggest contacting the person who did the planning with you as soon as possible to voice your concerns. If, on the other hand,  your child’s circumstances change during the plan and a new need arises, there is an avenue called ‘Change of Circumstance’ where you can discuss additional needs that have arisen as a result of that, and can’t wait until your 12 month plan review.

Who can help me understand my child's plan? And where do I go if I have questions?

When your plan is approved, you will have an ‘Implementation’ meeting with your LAC or Early Childhood Partner. At that meeting, you will be guided through the plan, what it means, what funding you have received, and how it can be spent. Remember, you have the choice and control of where and when to spend your child’s funding, within the funding guidelines, which will be explained. If you have ongoing questions, you would speak to the LAC or ECEI partner. 

If your needs are more complex, or you feel like you need more intensive support to implement your plan, find supports, negotiate with providers, etc, you may ask for Support Co-Ordination as part of your plan. Perhaps speak with your Plumtree Key Worker for more information about that funded support.

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