'Reasonable and Necessary' - Explained!

Whether you're a new NDIS participant or have been in a plan, you would likely have been exposed to the term 'Reasonable and Necessary'. Here at AlliedHealth Ability Services, it is our goal to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve your goals. In this week's blog, we explore what defines 'Reasonable & Necessary', how it impacts you and your plans with the NDIS.

Reasonable is something that is deemed fair, and necessary is something that you require because of your disability. Yet it can be a little more complicated than that. Over the years, we've heard time and time again from distraught participants unable to solicit funding for supports that seem undoubtedly aligned with their medical history, occupational therapist assessments or behaviour reports. The truth is the NDIS will not take any action - unless, they meet the six key standards of being 'reasonable and necessary' outlined in the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013.

For a support to be considered 'Reasonable and Necessary' NDIS applies the six following points;

Will the support...

1. Help the participant pursue the goals, objectives and aspirations consented to in their

plan.

2. Assist/Increase the participant's social and economic participation.

3. Be considered value for money.

4. Be, or likely to be, practical and beneficial for the participant

5. Take into account what is reasonable to expect families, carer's, informal networks and

the community to provide.

6. Be appropriate for the NDIS to fund or implement.

We understand the NDIS isn't always the easiest to deal with, and the convoluted jargon involved in these processes doesn't help either. AlliedHealth Ability Services is here to provide guidance throughout your NDIS journey, and we assure you'll have someone in your corner, advocating for your goals and needs. Your happiness and wellbeing is our top priority. As such, we provide Plan management to not only assist you with the financial stress but also provide you with the knowledge and resources to make the most out of your plan.

To find out more contact our team on 1300 70 22 16.