Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) Employment Services
PHaMs Employment Services provide support for people with a mental illness receiving the Disability Support Pension or other government income support payments who are engaged, or willing to engage, with employment services and who have economic participation as a primary goal in their Individual Recovery Plan. Organisations are funded to provide specialist support and work with government employment services, such as Disability Employment Services, Job active, state-funded services and social enterprises, to assist PHaMs participants to address non-vocational issues that are barriers to finding and maintaining employment, training or education.
Who is eligible to participate in PHaMs Employment Services?
For PHaMs Employment Services a person must:
- be in receipt of the Disability Support Pension or other government income support payment
- be engaged, or willing to engage, with an employment service, and
- be willing to include goals relating to employment in his/her Individual Recovery Plan.
People can be referred to a Personal Helpers and Mentors service through a range of community services, such as disability employment service providers, clinical case managers, drug and alcohol support services, or housing support services. People can also self-refer. Potential participants will then undertake a functional assessment with the service provider to determine eligibility.
For further information about PHaMs services see:
- Personal Helpers and Mentors Guidelines
- Personal Helpers and Mentors Resource Kit, and
- Personal Helpers and Mentors Brochure