The NDIS offer a variety of different accommodation funding options- Lets dive in

Exploring NDIS Accommodation Funding Options: Short-Term and Medium-Term Solutions for Eligible Participants

Discover the diverse accommodation funding choices offered by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to eligible participants, such as Short-Term Accommodation (STA) and Medium-Term Accommodation (MTA). Uncover how these accommodations can provide temporary support, skill development, and goal achievement in a nurturing and secure setting. Learn more about STA and MTA to determine if they align with your needs and aspirations.

Short-Term Accommodation (STA) Explained: A Flexible Support Solution

Short-Term Accommodation (STA) is a claimable support under the NDIS, designed to provide temporary housing when you need to be away from your usual residence. This support is typically available for up to 28 days and serves individuals requiring temporary accommodation due to changes in their support needs or for respite purposes. The funding is adaptable and can be tailored to suit your and your carer’s requirements, whether it’s a weekend, a week every few months, or the full 28 days (please note you can only use 14 days consecutively at any one time)

If you have STA included in your NDIS plan, the funding can cover the cost of accommodation and personal care during your stay. However, it’s essential to understand that STA is not meant for vacation purposes.

There are various reasons why you might require STA, including when your primary carer needs a break or when you need a temporary living arrangement.

Eligibility for STA depends on your specific disability-related needs and individual circumstances.

Understanding Medium-Term Accommodation: A Comprehensive Overview

Medium-Term Accommodation (MTA) is a support option that offers essential features and benefits for eligible NDIS participants. This accommodation solution is designed to cater to individuals who require temporary housing for a more extended period, typically beyond 28 days.

With MTA, participants can access a safe and supportive environment, making it ideal for those undergoing transitions or needing respite care. The funding for MTA can be utilized flexibly to adapt to your specific needs and preferences, allowing for personalized stays.

Keep in mind that MTA is distinct from permanent living arrangements, as it is designed to cater to short to medium-term needs. Understanding the ins and outs of MTA can help you make informed decisions about whether it aligns with your requirements and goals under the NDIS program.

How to request STA & MTA funding in your NDIS Plan

If STA or respite isn’t stated in your plan and you have available funding in your Core budget, you can use that funding for a range of supports including STA where it meets the NDIA’s reasonable and necessary criteria. Currently, this is the same for MTA. However, under the upcoming PACE changes, MTA will no longer be part of your flexible core budget and will only be accessible if MTA is specifically listed in your NDIS plan.

To have funding for STA or MTA included in your plan, you may need to provide evidence that:

  • The accommodation is reasonable and necessary for your disability support needs

  • You have a plan in place for your accommodation, including the purpose and duration of the stay

  • The cost of the accommodation is reasonable and comparable to other options

  • Any previous use of STA or MTA and the outcome

  • Any relevant medical reports or assessments to support the need for STA or MTA

  • Any risks if STA or MTA is not provided, including any impact on your health and wellbeing

  • Any personal circumstances that may impact your ability to access other accommodation options

It’s important to note that if your circumstances have changed and you need temporary accommodation assistance, you should contact your support coordinator, LAC, or NDIA planner as soon as possible to discuss next steps.

If you know that you will specifically need funding for STA or MTA included in your plan, it’s a good idea to discuss your needs with Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or NDIS planner during your first plan meeting or your plan reassessment. This can help prevent you from overspending on your core support budget, which may need to be used for other supports and services.

Please be aware that although the NDIS offers funding for short-term and medium-term accommodation, it is not intended as a permanent solution. The funding aims to offer temporary support and aid in your transition to longer-term living arrangements that best suit your needs. It’s crucial to consider the temporary nature of this support while planning for more sustainable living options in the future.

For more information on STA’s and MTA’s please call us on 0493 569 083 for further information or send us an email admin@healthyemporium.com.au

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