We have added a new temporary support for providers helping NDIS participants in SIL to access the COVID-19 vaccination. This support is effective from 26 May 2021.
SIL providers can claim up to $150 for each NDIS participant in SIL to attend an offsite location to receive their series of COVID-19 vaccinations.
The $150 pays for the SIL provider’s administration costs to arrange the offsite COVID-19 vaccination.
SIL providers can also claim the actual costs of delivering this support from participant plans, such as transport and support workers.
SIL providers can claim the $150 by invoicing the NDIA. The $150 is not claimed from the participant’s NDIS funds.
In order to claim this payment, SIL providers must ensure the participant is fully vaccinated (correct number of doses have been administered).
Two other support items are available nationally for participants residing in SIL properties and diagnosed with COVID-19.
Participants with SIL who are required to quarantine or self-isolate can also access these supports.
The 2 support items are:
- Cleaning services: a one-off professional deep cleaning service of a residence of an eligible participant.
- Additional supports: to allow for higher intensity support including staffing increase, personal protective equipment (PPE), professional laundering, and any ancillary expenses required by eligible participants.
The NDIS will not cover additional administrative costs, staff sick leave, medical costs associated with a hospital stay or everyday expenses.
Providers can continue to claim usual SIL costs for eligible participants in hospital or isolated in alternative accommodation. Alternative accommodation will also be claimable through the short term accommodation support item.
The temporary line items are available in the NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits.
From 25 October 2020, providers can use a new ‘irregular SIL supports’ claim field in the myplace provider portal when a SIL support is delivered in unexpected or unplanned circumstances. For example, when a participant cannot attend their day program due to illness or if a family stay has been cancelled. Details are in the NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits and the Provider SIL Pack.
If you have a participant residing in SIL who is diagnosed with COVID-19 you must immediately notify the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission .
The NDIS Commission will inform the NDIA, and we will update the participant’s plan as quickly as possible to include additional funding against these new items as stated supports.