Can I pay for the group therapy with my Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) or BETERSTART Early Years FaHCSIA package?
Yes. Some children may be approved for funding support from the Government through FaHCSIA. You may already be accessing Speech Pathology support using this funding. You will be able to use your funding to pay for your group therapy attendance.
You will need to plan your payment schedule in advance for the entire period of the group as you cannot pre-pay your group in one lump sum. You will need to monitor your management of your funding balance so that funds are available for the entire cost of the group over this period so that you are not left paying for the expenses personally. This is important when you are attending individual Speech therapy and other professional providers at the same time.
As you are unable to pre-pay the group, you are no longer eligible for the EARLY BIRD payment bonus. A 10% administration fee is allocated in alignment with FacHCIS practices for managing their funding packages.
As the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) reaches QLD post-July 2016, HCWA and Betterstart children will be managed under this new scheme,. Your attendance expense can be accounted for through your therapy plans that are developed with your NDIS planners as part of your annual packages.