Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) for children with a disability aims to improve independence, social and economic participation among their peers and community.
Some best practices for ECI:
- Family centres and strength based practice: Support is provided in collaboration between the family and the organisation to build family strength that assists the participants to develop on their values.
- Culturally responsive practices: Families and communities from different backgrounds create a diverse environment for the participants to learn and adapt to various characteristics when included in a group.
- Inclusive practice: Participants should be provided with all the support they need to engage and participate in all the family and community activities.
- Engagement with the natural environment: It is really important for the participant to feel the sense of belonging and comfort which they experience in their day-to-day tasks and in community. Supports can be delivered in these settings to enhance independence. Capacity Building practice: Include activities that helps the participants enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities for development.
- Evidence based practice: ECI interventions/services include practitioners with expertise in the field who include evidence based practices in support so participants show significant development.
- Goal-based practice: The support planned and provided needs to focus on the goals set by the family.
The Group of Supports can be included in the Program of (POS) for ECI. This ensures better delivery of services within a set time schedule as well as making sure participants and their families are certain of the support that is to be delivered.
How to calculate apportioned pricing for an Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) group activity?
For e.g. A group of 5 participants (over 7 years) require counselling session to facilitate self-knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth, and the optimal development of their personal skills. It is provided by 2 counsellors for 2 hours along with 1 hour 1:1 session for each participant.
Now let’s see how to calculate apportioned prices for this group of supports. The key is to calculate the apportioned pricing that will be charged based on the NDIS Price Guide. Please note, the therapy supports have listed prices based on states and location. Here the NSW-VIC-QLD-ACT price is taken into account.
Apportioned Pricing = (Unit Price * Number of Support Workers)/Number of participants
So for our example: $ 62.47 = ($ 156.16 * 2 support workers)/ 5 participants
This leaves us with:
Note the following: The Community engagement assistance is charged from each participant even if it was delivered concurrently to more than one participant as per the NDIS Price Guide (Pg 105).
New Price Benefit
Community Engagement Assistance line item can be the key to your successful business as unlike any other support, you can charge this to each participant and can be included in their claims. It also ensures their families and carers that 1:1 support and effective care and attention is provided to each participant in the group apart from the regular therapy sessions.
These can be easily claimed in minutes by using Comm.care as a case management system where you can enter notes for all the participants in one place and claim it in bulk! It ensures easy cashflow for your organisation without wasting admin hours.
Transition Stress-free with Comm.care
As you know, the deadline for your business to transition to the new pricing model is 31st December 2023. Time is of the essence! Not adhering to these changes could result in regulatory noncompliance, posing severe risks to the continuity and operational viability of your business.
We understand that such transitions can be challenging and time-consuming. Our software, Comm.care, can the burden off your shoulders by automatically updating the new pricing model so that you can focus on providing the best care to your participants.
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