Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability 
20 October, 2022

An update from the Executive Director

Kia ora e te whānau,

The Te Hurihanga-Time for Change programme is increasing pace with more projects getting started. Last Friday, the leadership team met and discussed the next six months of the programme. Read more about this below.

I am pleased that my contract has been extended until the end of June 2023. My role as acting Executive Director of Mental Health Addictions and Intellectual Disability was due to end in February 2023. This extension will allow me to oversee the Te Hurihanga – Time for Change programme until it finishes in June 2023.
It is still a priority to improve the facilities on the Wakari site, and earlier this week I attended a national forum on planning for acute inpatient services across the country. It is expected that this programme will make it easier to navigate the national planning requirements for new mental health and addiction service builds.

I hope those of you who have the long weekend off work have a restful break, and a big thank you to everyone who will be working over this period.
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The leadership team met last week and supported the Te Hurihanga - Time for Change work programme moving forward to June 2023 (Tranche 2).

We want to ensure that when addressing system gaps, we design and commission any new services to proactively improve equity for Māori.  Some of the approaches we have taken to do this include:
  • Development of a pro-equity framework to inform planning for all initiatives
  • Creation of the Pou Tātaki role within the programme team
  • Supporting mental health and addiction locality groups to address local concerns via collaborative design approaches which include engagement with Māori
In addition, the progression of projects including:
  • Ngā Puna – support development of Māori Mental Health and Addictions Investment Framework
  • Developing peer-led support services to be implemented in a range of sites
  • Expansion of child, youth and whānau services
  • Expansion of AOD services
  • Expansion of crisis support options
  • Strengthening of Mental Health Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services
  • Enhancement of day services
  • Improving access pathways into services
You will already have read about some of these projects in my previous updates, and I’ll be providing regular updates in future editions of this newsletter.

Growing, Developing and Supporting the CPSLE Workforce - update 

The Consumer, Peer Support and Lived Experience (CPSLE) workforce survey has now closed. Thank you to everyone who completed it and shared their experiences. The results are being used to draft a Southern CPSLE Workforce Development Action Plan. 

Once the plan has been drafted, a series of workshops will be run for the community and CPSLE workforce to co-design a Southern model of care for peer services and to consult on the draft plan. More details about the workshops are coming soon.

Crisis Support Service for Central Lakes

We have successfully concluded negotiations for this service and look forward to sharing more details on this soon!

Ngā mihi nui,


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