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Funding for mental health program extended

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A CCNB program helping hundreds of people with mental illness since 2013, has been extended until 2019.

The Sydney North Shore and Beaches Partners in Recovery (PIR) program is a Commonwealth Government (Department of Health) funded initiative supporting people with severe and persistent mental illness and complex needs, and their carers and families.

The extension for a further two years ensures continuity of this important service during its transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

For the next two years, PIR will support clients to transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The focus will be on assisting all eligible PIR clients to test their eligibility for the NDIS and navigate the application process. For those clients who become participants of the NDIS and choose PIR to coordinate their support, we will be assisting them to implement their plan and access the supports and services they need.

PIR will continue to accept new referrals for those who have not yet tested their eligibility for the NDIS and are interested in pursuing an application.

For some PIR clients, there will be changes to their support facilitators during this transition. Those affected have been notified and supported through this process.

For further information about this program, contact CCNB on 1300 000 PIR (747) or partnersinrecovery@ccnb.com.au


What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.

The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.

As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need.

The NDIS supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.



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