August 24, 2020
When it comes to accessing disability services with your plan, NDIS supports are split into three categories that are designed to help you achieve different goals and improve your day-to-day life. These categories are defined for funding purposes to help ensure the NDIA appropriately distributes funds to assist people where they need it most.
The three NDIS support categories are:
It’s important that you understand the differences between each category and become familiar with what types of supports fall into each, especially if you are self-managing your NDIS plan. If you have funding for plan management, your plan manager can help you to understand your funding categories.
For this post, we are going to focus on one of the most misunderstood categories, capacity building supports (NDIS). If you’re looking for a detailed description of each NDIS support funding category, please click here.
Like the name would suggest, capacity building supports are designed to build on your capacity to live independently and participate in the community. In other words, these supports are all about improving your skills in areas such as building and maintaining relationships, finding and keeping employment and an improved day-to-day life.
There are nine sub-categories of funding within capacity building supports. Because everyone is unique with different abilities and goals, it is important to note that not everyone will receive the same funding and it is likely that you won’t receive funding for all nine categories.
Here is a breakdown of each capacity building support and how they assist you to reach your goals and build capacity.
The benefits of NDIS capacity building supports is that they are partly flexible, and the disability services you elect to receive can be changed as your needs change. So long as the supports you access fall within the sub-category that you have allocated funding for, are still reasonable and relevant to achieving your goals, and you haven’t over-spent your budget, you can enjoy choice, control and flexibility with your supports.
Take Justin for example
Justin has capacity building funds allocated for ‘Improved Daily Living’ that he has been utilising for physiotherapy to achieve his goal of becoming more independent. With the ongoing assistance of physiotherapy, Justin finds he is now able to achieve more on his own so would like to reduce the amount of budget being spent on physiotherapy and focus the remaining budget on other supports he needs like occupational therapy. Due to the flexible nature of his capacity building budgets and because both physiotherapy and occupational therapy fall within the ‘Improved Daily Living’ category, Justin is able to make this change and continue working towards his goals.
Does all of this sound a little complicated? Self-managing your plan can be difficult, especially if you’re still trying to become familiar with the NDIS or if you’ve had a dramatic change in circumstances. That’s why the NDIS created the ‘Improved Life Choices’ category within the capacity building budget. This gives you access to the support of a plan manager whose job it is to take care of the tricky financial management of your plan.
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