The introduction of Psychosocial Recovery Coaching to the NDIS was a welcome addition for many Australians, but some participants have noticed that this service appears to overlap with Support Coordination.
It is true that they belong to the same ‘Capacity Building’ registration group and budget category, and that some of the tasks performed by our Psychosocial Recovery Coaches and our Support Coordinators are similar. But that is where the similarities end.
At Enhanced Lifestyles, we provide both Psychosocial Recovery Coaching and Support Coordination, so we’ve set out to explain the differences between the two. You’ll see that both services have an important role to play in the NDIS, but it is worth mentioning that the NDIA will generally not fund both types of support in your plan.
A mental health focus
One of the most important differences between Psychosocial Recovery Coaches and Support Coordinators is their area of expertise.
A Psychosocial Recovery Coach has expert knowledge of mental health and/or lived experience with a psychological condition, making them a specialist of sorts in the field. This provides them with a unique perspective and insight into recovery from a psychosocial disability, as well as the navigation of mental health supports.
Support Coordinators, on the other hand, can work with any NDIS participants, regardless of their circumstance. While many Support Coordinators have expert knowledge in a specific area of the disability system and/or lived experience with a disability, this isn’t always in the area of mental health.
So, Psychosocial Recovery Coaching fills an important gap that used to exist in the NDIS, allowing people living with a psychosocial disability to access highly specialised support.