Three new Neami services for people not eligible for NDIS

21 May 2019
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Neami will deliver vital support services via the federal governments National Psychosocial Support Measure (NPS). The measure provides critical support to people living with complex mental illness.

In Adelaide, Neami is working with multiple providers to deliver the National Psychosocial Support Measure (NPS). Funded by the Adelaide Primary Health Network Neami is serving as the lead agency, working collaboratively with partner organisations to provide people with the right support in their local communities.

Peter Hall, Service Manager for the NPS in Adelaide, said “Life Without Barriers, Mind Australia, Mission Australia, Uniting Care Wesley Bowden, Skylight and Uniting SA will deliver the service, while Neami are proud to be the lead agency and also provide intake and assessment support”. Peter also said that Neami has extensive experience working in partnership with multiple services and the NPS service builds on the excellent work of the Central Adelaide Hills Partners in Recovery consortium.

Neami will also deliver an NPS service in Eastern Melbourne funded by the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN). Tailored to local needs, the Psychosocial Support Service is for people with severe mental illness who will benefit from psychosocial support but are not be eligible for NDIS support.

Robin Whyte, CEO of EMPHN, shared her thoughts about the valuable service. “Psychosocial support will provide flexible services for people experiencing mental health issues at a time when they need it most. Importantly this service is another significant service element to ensure people with mental illness have good integrated care,” Ms Whyte said.

Peter Hadley, acting Regional Manager for Eastern Melbourne, said “We’re excited for the opportunity that Psychosocial Support Service brings for people living in the eastern and north-eastern regions of Melbourne.  We are building upon our experience in this part of Melbourne over many years, to incorporate all the best elements of them to deliver the service.”

Intake for the Eastern Melbourne service is available via Neami or EMPHN.

Finally, Neami will deliver an NPS service in North Western Melbourne. Di Nally, Regional Manager for Western Victoria, says “We’re excited to operate this service and we look forward to working closely with NWMPHN to deliver individualised support for people with severe mental health issues who are not currently eligible for NDIS services. This service will help address a service gap that will complement other service funding streams.”

Through a blended approach of individual outreach and group programs, these services will support people to manage their mental health and wellbeing and to reduce their unmet needs. A feature of these services is linking people into support systems in their local communities including primary healthcare, housing, education, alcohol and other drug services and the criminal justice system.

The services will help individuals with a mental illness to identify their strengths, access practical help, build their support network and increase resilience to enjoy a full and vibrant life.