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Extension of grants for PHaMS and MHR:CS

Disability Services Victoria announce an extension of grants for Personal Helpers and Mentors & Mental Health Respite: Carer Support

On Christmas Eve 2015, Teresa Velez, Director, Disability Services Victoria, shared the following information:

'The Department of Social Services is pleased to advise that Minister Porter has approved the extension of grants for Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMS) and Mental Health Respite: Carer Support (MHR:CS) to assist with the gradual transition of PHaMs and MHR:CS funding to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Grants that currently end 30 June 2016 will be extended until full rollout of the NDIS in each jurisdiction. Funding will be gradually reduced over time as the NDIS rollout progresses, with all funding for PHaMs and MHR:CS expected to move across to the NDIS by 2019-20.

Governments recognise that the NDIS represents a very significant change to the way people with disability are supported and have therefore agreed that the transition to the scheme should be gradual. The progressive transition (cashing out) of PHaMs and MHR:CS funding will enable existing providers to continue to develop options for transitioning to a competitive market ahead of implementation of the full scheme. This will ensure that people with disability can exercise choice and control in a strong and viable disability sector.

Details of the transition schedule and timetable for full scheme rollout of NDIS are outlined in the bilateral agreements signed between the Commonwealth and the New South Wales, Victorian, Tasmanian and South Australian state governments. The Commonwealth is continuing negotiations with Queensland and the Northern Territory to finalise NDIS transition arrangements, and the comparative evaluation of the My Way and NDIA trials in Western Australia will inform a future agreement in that state. You may wish to visit the NDIS website at  for information on the rollout of the NDIS in your jurisdiction.

I would like to thank you for your continued support of people with mental illness, their families and carers and for working with clients to help them to access the NDIS. Experience in NDIS trial sites is showing that people with psychosocial disability, deemed eligible for the NDIS, have more choices and are receiving supports tailored to their needs.

The Department will provide further information about the extension of grant agreements early next year.

In the meantime, please contact your Grant Agreement Manager if you have any questions.'



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