One of the three types of assistance budgets that your National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan may contain is capacity development help. We go through what it includes and how it works.
The capacity development budget includes nine assistance areas, all of which are targeted towards assisting you in becoming more independent and living your best life. The other two sorts of budgets are core supports and capital support, which include spending for your daily care and equipment or changes. These three support budgets work together to help you achieve the goals in your NDIS plan.
During your planning or plan review meeting, the NDIA will examine your needs to decide what capacity development services are acceptable and essential. Your planner or LAC will use your NDIS plan’s short- and long-term objectives to provide financial support to help you accomplish those goals and live a more independent life. For example, suppose one of your goals is to improve your culinary abilities and eat healthier. In that case, you may use the ‘enhanced social and community support’ budget to pay for cooking courses.
Your goals are critical in choosing what you may purchase because the capacity-building support budget is not as flexible as the core support budget. More information regarding NDIS plans may be found at NDIS category confusion and NDIS Dictionary: Breaking down the Jargon.
Continue reading to learn about the budget categories for capacity development support.
07: Support Coordination
This budget allows you to claim support coordinating services. Support coordinators assist you in putting your strategy into action and organising your supports. They can assist you in connecting with the community and larger support systems, developing and designing support alternatives to help you in working towards your objectives and working with you to prepare for evaluation and reporting on what you’ve accomplished. Read on for advice on selecting the best support coordinator for you.
08: Improved Living Arrangements (CB Home Living)
This cash is intended to assist you in finding suitable housing so that you may live more independently, and it may cover someone to assist you in viewing houses or negotiating your contract. Assistance with applying for a rental property, completing tenancy duties, and confirming the house is suited for your needs may be provided.
09: Increased Social and Community Participation (CB Social Community and Civic Participation)
This is to pay for assistance in developing your abilities to reach the community. This might involve paying for a mentor or therapist to help build community independence skills.
This assistance can pay for tuition, art lessons, sports coaching, and other activities promoting independence and skill development. You can use this category to pay for capacity-building camps, workshops, and vacation activities. Transportation, depending on the action, is also provided.
10: Finding and Keeping a Job (CB Employment)
Funding to help you find jobs and get help with your job. This budget can be used to pay for a support worker to assist you at work or to assist you in finding a job that is a good fit for you, including on-the-job training to help you manage the demands of the position.
Life and work coaches, private recruiting experts, career counsellors, and job mentors are some more choices.
11: Improved Relationships (CB Relationships)
Assistance in developing your ability to connect and establish relationships in your community. This might involve financing for someone to assist you in developing your social skills or behavioural treatment services.
12: Improved Health and Wellbeing (CB Health and Wellbeing)
Personal trainers, exercise physiologists, and dietitians are examples of services that may help you maintain your own health and well-being.
13: Improved Learning (CB Lifelong Learning)
Access to services that will assist you in making the transition from school to higher education. This budget might pay for a support person to assist you in attending university or TAFE.
14: Improved Life Choices (CB Choice and Control)
This budget covers the cost of your plan manager. To obtain financing for a plan manager, request it during your planning or review meeting. Your plan manager will handle your NDIS plan’s financial and administrative work. If they are a competent plan manager, they will have helpful technology and a team of NDIS professionals to assist you in getting the most out of your NDIS plan.
15: Improved Daily Living (CB Daily Activity)
Funding for treatments and other programmes that will help you decrease the effect of your impairment. This might be a physiotherapist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, or any other treatment that helps you become self-sufficient in your daily duties.
Update: capacity building supports in the future
The NDIA has declared that the three categories of support budgets (core, capital, and capacity building) will be phased out in favour of only two: fixed and flexible. These adjustments will be implemented gradually in the second half of 2021 when current plans expire, and new ones begin. So, if you’re due for a new plan, expect it to be in the new fixed and flexible structure.