Authors: Prahran Mission
Event: 2002 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Silver
Award category: Rehabilitation / Recovery Program
Abstract: Job Supply Personnel (JSP) is the employment program of the Prahran Mission, based in the inner south region of Melbourne. Since its inception in 1994, the service has worked exclusively with people with a psychiatric disability who are looking to return to work or need support in their existing employment. In the last few years, many new developments and initiatives have been embarked upon. These have included promoting our work through the media; making strong links with employers to maximise opportunities and support for our clients; opening a clothing library for job seekers and obtaining extensive fashion industry support through donations; forging business partnerships with companies who have given in-kind assistance including free training to our clients and making sound links with community organisations such as Rotary who support our work in various ways. Collaborative partnerships have been established with other mental health service providers to create a training package on psychiatric disability in the workplace for employers and also to continually inform our service in order to achieve best practice. Our work is underpinned by the belief that mental illness is not an impossible barrier to successful employment. Description of Facility/Organisation: Job Supply Personnel (JSP) is a disability open employment program funded by Family and Community Services with a budged of approximately $320,000. We service the inner southeastern suburbs of the Melbourne metropolitan region. JSP employs 6.5 EFT workers comprising a manager, four employment consultants, a marketing consultant and an administration assistant. We currently assist approximately 120 active clients at any one time.