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Lakes developing draft model of care for mental health & addictions
20 July 2018
Lakes developing draft model of care for mental health & addictions
Lakes DHB has a draft new model of care for the mental health and addiction care provision across the Lakes district and is asking the community if it captures what people have told us.
This draft model of care sets out a vision and philosophy for the mental health and addiction care provision and the key features for its future direction.
From April to early June, 22 hui and workshops were held across the Lakes DHB district including Taupo and Turangi, asking over 200 people for their ideas and experiences of mental health and wellbeing.   A survey was also designed to enable people to provide feedback with nearly 200 participants.
A Model of Care Working Group, made up of representatives of mental health service providers, mental health and addiction service staff, and people who have lived experience of mental health and addiction services has co-designed the new draft model, based on what the community told the working group members.
The working group has now reviewed all the feedback, developed some common themes and drafted these into a model of care and the members are keen to hear if they have captured correctly what people told them.
Feedback for the consultation of the draft model will be incorporated and the model will be finalised in August.
Portfolio Manager for Mental Health and Addictions Marita Ranclaud says the three high level themes for the model of care, based on early conversations with tangata whaiora, which guided the development are: tangata (people), tikanga (values) and taiao (environment).
During engagement – communities, providers, whaiora, whanau, and agencies were asked five questions:
  1. What does wellbeing mean for you? 
  2. When you or your family have needed support, what helped/what got in the way of you accessing that support? 
  3. Given your knowledge of your community (organisations etc.) – what should we do more of/do less of/stop doing/start doing? 
  4. Do you have one big idea about how to make things happen better for people when they need help? 
  5. Given we can’t have every service in every location….what must be delivered locally and what would be reasonable for people to travel more than one hour for? 
The feedback was collated into eight key features for the direction of mental health and addiction services across the sector. These are: strongly reflect a Maori world view; easy access when I need it; protecting and promoting wellbeing; connectedness; my experience matters; family/whanau; diverse, supported skilled and enabled workforce; local service solutions and achieving equitable outcomes.
The final model of care will influence the future service mix available to people and the design of a new mental health facility and inpatient unit.
The business case for the proposed new facility will go to the Capital Investment Committee for consideration later this year.