To ensure that appropriate funding for assistive technology and home modifications (ATHM) is included in plans at plan approval, the NDIA is preparing to pilot a panel of specialised ATHM assessors.
What is the Specialised ATHM Assessment Pilot?
The pilot will trial a redesigned approach to the assessment and management of planning for participants with complex or non-standard assistive technology or home modification (ATHM) needs.
Ensuring adequate ATHM funding is included at the plan approval stage will improve the quality of plans and reduce delays to participants implementing their plans.
How will the pilot work?
A participant who opts-in to the pilot, will go through the same plan review process as everyone else, except they will have a specialised ATHM assessment in pre-planning.
This assessment will be done by a Specialised ATHM Assessment Panel (pilot Panel) made up of a group of specialised practitioners experienced in the assessment of ATHM.
The pilot Panel will recommend ATHM supports (generically described) to the NDIA and the participant, including capacity building supports, to be included in the participant’s plan.
The NDIA will use this report to build and approve a plan and allocate appropriate NDIS funding.
Once their plan is approved, participants will work with their chosen service provider/assessor to test and select the most appropriate (specific) ATHM for them.
Who is eligible for the pilot?
The pilot is voluntary and free of charge. Participants who meet the following criteria may be invited to participate:
- participants with complex or non-standard assistive technology (Level 3 or 4 complexity) needs greater than $1,500.
- reside in the following NSW and ACT regions:
- South Western Sydney
- Southern NSW
- have an existing NDIS plan; and
- have a scheduled plan review during the pilot period
When is the pilot taking place?
The pilot is taking place between April and August 2019.
Why should I participate in the pilot?
The specialised ATHM assessor will provide a reliable, high quality assessment that establishes the scope of AT support the NDIA would consider reasonable and necessary during pre-planning.
This will let participants, and those they work with, confidently manage their NDIS plan, including the funding to implement all necessary and foreseeable AT supports required during the plan’s lifetime, without requiring further approval by the NDIA.
Feedback on the pilot from participants, parents, legal guardians and representatives will help shape how the NDIS supports people with complex or non-standard assistive technology and home modification needs now and in the future.