Individual funding for people with mental health issues: Opportunities, tensions, and outcomes

David, C, Laragy, C and Hudson, E 2019, 'Individual funding for people with mental health issues: Opportunities, tensions, and outcomes' in Jennifer M. Martin (ed.) Mental Health Policy, Practice, and Service Accessibility in Contemporary Society, Medical Information Science Reference, Pennsylvania, United States, pp. 93-106.


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Title Individual funding for people with mental health issues: Opportunities, tensions, and outcomes
Author(s) David, C
Laragy, C
Hudson, E
Year 2019
Title of book Mental Health Policy, Practice, and Service Accessibility in Contemporary Society
Publisher Medical Information Science Reference
Place of publication Pennsylvania, United States
Editor(s) Jennifer M. Martin
Start page 93
End page 106
Subjects Social Policy
Summary This chapter outlines the key features of individual funding programs and examines their suitability for people with mental illness. This is a contested area with some writers concerned that mental illness is different from other types of disability and unsuitable for individual funding. The recovery model and the episodic nature of mental illness are seen as conflicting with individual funding eligibility criteria for consistent and permanent disability. The counter view is that flexible individual funding is ideally suited to meeting the fluctuating needs of people with mental illness: its key principles of empowerment and self-direction being consistent with the recovery paradigm. Evidence from Australian and international studies is reviewed, suggesting that successful outcomes can be achieved if the necessary supports and resources are available to meet people's needs.
Copyright notice Copyright © 2019 by IGI Global. All rights reserved.
Keyword(s) NDIS
Mental health
Australia
DOI - identifier 10.4018/978-1-5225-7402-6.ch006
ISBN 9781522574026
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