Participants with a psychosocial disability who need assistance with managing complex issues of daily living now have access to a vital support: an NDIS psychosocial recovery coach. Through the provision of capacity development supports, the goal is to promote participants’ social and economic independence and involvement.
Psychosocial disability is a term for disability that may result from a mental health condition (NDIS). Psychosocial disability is not based on a diagnosis but on the functional impact and barriers that a person with a mental health condition may endure.
A psychosocial impairment occurs when a person with mental illness engages with a society that creates obstacles to their capacity to function on an equal footing with others. A person with a psychosocial disability may be unable to:
- Be in specific types of environments
- Complete duties due to lack of stamina
- Manage time constraints and multiple duties
- Interact with others
- Comprehend constructive criticism
- Manage tension
A person with a psychosocial disability may need assistance overcoming obstacles to their social integration.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMA) defines recovery as the process of “overcoming mental health challenges and reaching one’s full potential in terms of one’s own personal, social, and emotional well-being,” as determined by the individual.
Experts in the mental health field agree that people with psychosocial disabilities would gain enormously from increased autonomy and a sense of agency if given a chance. Feelings of loneliness and worthlessness can be resolved via social and economic activity, which is also empowering. Recovery coaches can help make these improvements to health and happiness possible.
To be more specific, the NDIS mandates that recovery coaches:
- Build hopeful, recovery-enabling relationships and help people map their path to healing.
- Facilitate growth in rehabilitative abilities and personal capacity (such as motivation, coping strategies, and decision-making).
- Make sure that any further aids are also focused on healing.
- Encourage participation in the NDIS.
- Help see the plan through to completion.
The assistance offered by a support coordinator and a recovery coach may appear the same at first glance. Still, a recovery coach is expected to put in significantly more time over a more extended period. Consider a yearlong commitment of 50 hours, or one hour per week.
The NDIA states that a recovery plan will:
- Develop and, if necessary, clarify and divide goals into short-term objectives.
- Identify strengths and barriers.
- Identify influential people in the individual’s life who can provide support.
- Connect the identified objectives with potential and available resources and services.
- Identify early indicators that may necessitate a support change and determine how support can be modified to accommodate fluctuating requirements.
- Clarify how the NDIS supports interact with and complement other supports, such as clinical services.
- Assist the individual in navigating the broader NDIS service system.
- Clarify the duties and responsibilities of the individual, the recovery coach, the clinical supports, and any additional supports.
Your first step is to decide whether you would benefit more from working with a coach who has personal experience with mental health issues or one who has learned about the topic through study and professional experience.
You can get aid from either of these recovery coaches; it comes down to personal taste. People with psychosocial disabilities are not required to have a recovery coach and are free to instead work with a support coordinator if they like.
Since a recovery coach can handle most of what a support coordinator would, the NDIS will likely only pay for one. Keeping your current support coordinator may be best if they provide adequate assistance.
If you require a recovery coach, your NDIS planner or Local Area Coordinator can help you discover one and arrange payment for their services through your NDIS plan’s capacity-building supports.