National Psychosocial Support

As of 1 July, the Partners in Recovery (PIR) program has been replaced by the National Psychosocial Support Measures (NPS) program. NPS consists of 3 sub-programs: National Psychosocial Support Measures Extended Program (NPS2), Continuity of Support (CoS) and National Psychosocial Support Measures 1 (NPS1).

National Psychosocial Support Extended (NPS2) and Continuity of Support (CoS)

Any client who is registered in the PIR, D2DL or PHaMs programs up until 30 June 2019, will either transfer to the NPS2, to receive ongoing support to transition to the NDIS, or those clients found ineligible for the NDIS will continue to receive care coordination support under the CoS program.

NPS2 and CoS will only be available to clients who were active in the PIR, D2DL or PHaMs programs up until 30 June 2019.

NPS1 will be the new referral pathway from 1 July 2019 for new clients.

National Psychosocial Support (NPS1)

The National Psychosocial Support (NPS) measure assists people with a severe mental illness, who have reduced psychosocial function, and who are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Aftercare provides NPS in our region.

Who is eligible?

The Aftercare NPS program will provide support to people with a severe mental illness, who:

  • are 18 years and older
  • reside in the Penrith, Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains or Lithgow local government areas
  • are not funded under the NDIS
  • are not current clients of existing community mental health programs such as Partners in Recovery, Day to Day Living or Personal Helper and Mentors.

How to refer?

GPs, allied health providers, individuals, family, carers and other organisations can make referrals by contacting Chiara Capurso from Aftercare on 0429 046 925 or via email (Monday - Friday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm). 

All services are currently available by Telehealth,  with limited one on one support provided. Please contact your GP for more information.


The NDIS is the new way of providing psychosocial disability support so that people can enjoy an ordinary life. The NDIS recognises that everyone’s needs and goals are different.

More information about the NDIS and the eligibility criteria can be found on the NDIS website.

NDIS Calculator

We have developed a new, free online NDIS Support Calculator, to make it easier for participants, health professionals and providers to identify appropriate services for a potential NDIS participant to receive through an individualised funding package.

You can use the calculator to select a range of support services suitable for a potential NDIS participant, and the tool will calculate the annual cost of each item (by hours per the week), and then let you to print the results to assist in discussions with your NDIS planner. 

Try the NDIS Support Calculator or download the brochure (pdf, 1.4mb).