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.

How do I access a Personal Helpers and Mentors Service?

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.

How do I locate a Personal Helpers and Mentors service?

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