Program Eligibility

Who is eligible to participate in PHaMs?
Who is not eligible to participate in PHaMs?
What if I am not eligible?

Check your local eligibility

Who is eligible to participate in PHaMs?

To participate in PHaMs, a formal clinical diagnosis is not required. If you are aged 16 years or over, live in a postcode allocated to a PHaMs site, and as the result of a severe mental illness, have functional limitation requiring support in facing challenges of managing daily activities, and living in the community independently.

Who is not eligible to participate in the PHaMs Program?

You may be considered ineligible to participate in PHaMs if you:

  • Don't live within the postcode boundaries of the site (except in special circumstances)
  • Have been assessed by Personal Helpers and Mentors Program as not having a severe functional limitation resulting from a mental illness
  • Are unable to make an informed decision to participate (except where an assigned third party is able to provide written agreement to accept such responsibility)
  • Refuse to provide informed consent for data to be collected to be provided to FaHCSIA for program purposes
  • Are unwilling or unable to address drug and alcohol dependency issues
  • Receive assistance from residential mental health services, or are an in-patient or resident of a psychiatric or acute care hospital, or specialised drug and/or alcohol treatment facility.
  • Are currently in custody and there are unable to access the program

What if I am not eligible?

If you are ineligible to participate in this program, please contact the PHaMs site in your area. Staff may be able to advise you of other services that may be able to assist you.

Check your location eligibility

Recovery Services currently has four PHaMs sites around New South Wales; Bega/CoomaDubbo, Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven and Wagga Wagga. Click on the following links to see if you are within the postcode boundaries to be eligible for PHaMs.