Holistic Recovery offers the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support item ‘psychosocial recovery coach (recovery coach)’.
A Psychosocial Recovery Coach (recovery coach) is a new NDIS support item for participants with a psychosocial disability who require support managing complex daily living challenges.
The aim is to increase participants’ social and economic independence and participation by providing capacity building supports.
Recovery coaches will focus on coaching participants to have greater participation in managing their lives and collaborate with other services to support and underpin these outcomes.
Recovery coaches will work collaboratively with participants, their families, carers and other services to design, plan and implement a recovery plan, and assist with the coordination of NDIS and other supports.
Participants will have the option of selecting a recovery coach with lived experience or a recovery coach with learnt knowledge of psychosocial disability and mental health.
Psychosocial recovery coaches will provide support to people with psychosocial disability to live a full and contributing life. People will be assisted in taking more control of their lives and better managing complex challenges of day to day living.
Specifically, the NDIS requires Recovery coaches to:
Recovery coaches will work with a participants’ family, carers and relevant service providers to implement a recovery plan.
The NDIS Commission defines psychosocial disability as:
‘A mental health issue that affects people’s daily activities such as socialising or interacting with others in a social setting, learning or self-care, or their capacity to participate in society fully’.
People suffering from these issues may have substantially reduced functional capacity (ability to undertake) any of the following:
The NDIA defines Recovery as ‘achieving an optimal state of personal, social and emotional wellbeing, as defined by each individual, whilst living with or recovering from a mental health condition.’ For a more detailed view, see ‘Psychosocial Disability Recovery and the NDIS ‘.
Mental health experts agree that those experiencing psychosocial disability are likely to benefit significantly from having choices and feeling more in control of their daily living and self-management.
Social and economic participation are also empowering and can help overcome feelings of isolation and worthlessness.
Recovery coaches can facilitate these positive outcomes for increased wellbeing and quality of life.
Although the support provided by a support coordinator and a recovery coach may appear to be similar, many more hours are expected to be allocated to a recovery coach over an extended period—for example, 1 hour per week for the year (50 hours).
According to the NDIS, a recovery plan will
This may include an increased level of support from clinical services and increased use of NDIS supports
Recovery Coaches at Holistic Recovery are highly qualified in Mental Health and have a minimum two years of experience in mental health-related work and are available to assist people as required.