Member for Parkes Mark Coulton met with Mudgee Disability Support Service to discuss their services ahead of the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
A trial of the NDIS began in the Blue Mountains on July 1 with 2000 participants to be gradually phased into the scheme, receiving individualised plans from September.
Mr Coulton said it was useful for him to know what services were available in his electorate ahead of the projected 2018-19 national rollout.
“There’s a fair degree of concern as to how the final roll-up of the NDIS will go, and that’s one of the reasons why they’ve got the trial sites around the country,” Mr Coulton said.
“I think we’re going to see probably, we already are seeing, people are going to have to come to places like Mudgee if they’ve got disabled children or family members because not every town will be able to have a disability service.
“Services like this will likely continue to grow.”
Mudgee Disability Support Service supports 22 clients with wide ranging care needs providing support, training and guided assistance for them to meet their individual goals and aspirations.
The board and staff members said they were impressed with Mr Coulton’s understanding of the transition that will involve support packages for individuals rather than bulk funding.
“We really just wanted to introduce ourselves to Mr Coulton and the services we provide,” board member Adam Woods said.
The service is in the process of locating a new day programs facility and is encouraging prospective new board member to contact them.
“All we want people to know is that if they need help we are here, if you have a family member with a disability we can point you in the right direction,” CEO Christine Puxty said.