Media Release – Metropolitan IPS program

SUPPORTING PEOPLE WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS INTO WORK

People with a mental illness will be supported into the workplace thanks to a partnership between Western Community Mental Health Services (WCMHS) and disability employment service provider, Community Bridging Services (CBS) Inc.

The partnership which commenced in April 2018, supports individuals to gain employment through Individual Placement and Support (IPS) programs at the Western Community Mental Health Centre.

IPS is an evidence-based employment model that can play a key role in the recovery process for people with mental illness, and more widely encourage social inclusion of people enduring significant mental health conditions.

The CBS Inc. Regional IPS Program Coordinator, Tim Wiseman said CBS Inc. employment specialists are co-located with mental health clinicians within the Western Community Mental Health Centre, encouraging teamwork, innovation and improved support for participants.

“Mental health and employment support is integrated, allowing your mental health worker and employment practitioner to work together and assist you to gain and maintain competitive employment that matches with what you would like to do,” Mr Wiseman said.

The Western Community Mental Health Centre is the first South Australian mental health metropolitan site to implement IPS. Suzanne Dawson, Senior Occupational Therapist and IPS Coordinator for WCMHS, said the team has been working towards partnering with an organisation like CBS Inc. to deliver IPS supports for two years. “We are really excited to be turning this preparation into real outcomes for people who endure significant mental illness”, Ms Dawson said.

“Western Community Mental Health Services is excited to be working with CBS Inc. as partners to improve recovery and employment outcomes for individuals with a significant mental issue within our local community. WCMHS acknowledges that people with a mental illness should have the opportunity to be employed and contribute to our community as part of their recovery process. I’m looking forward to hearing the positive outcomes that come out of this partnership for both the service and consumers”. Michelle Hilton, Acting Service Manager – Western Mental Health Services, Mental Health Directorate, Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN).

“Psychosocial determinants of health are very important to address for ongoing Recovery. Finding affordable, secure accommodation takes care of a range of issues. Employment is the next, fixing issues such as poverty, social isolation and lack of meaningful routine and structure. We are delighted to be in partnership with a vibrant, professional organisation – Community Bridging Services (CBS) Inc., to provide an evidence based model which provides an enhanced platform for our consumers to access and maintain mainstream, award based employment.” Vic Renigers, Team Manager, Port Community Mental Health Team

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