MEHA: 2012 in review

The latest MEHA News (Mental Health & Addiction Planning & Funding at Southern DHB) includes a review of MEHA’s 2012 activities:

2012 has been a year that has seen a lot of activity and some major, positive, development.

We’ve paused briefly to ask what is different now to when we began 2012? Some of the highlights we considered were:

We started the year with no local strategic plan for Mental Health and Addiction services. At the end of year, after an extensive consultation, we have an endorsed plan (Raise HOPE: Hapaia te Tumanako) that is beginning to guide implementation and service improvement. We’ve established a sector-wide Implementation Advisory Group to provide broad input into the implementation and monitoring of Raise HOPE: Hapaia te Tumanako.

New investment has been made in postnatal depression support, suicide postvention, and youth forensic. Early 2013 will see service development in youth primary mental health.

Community groups gave their views on “what will Raise HOPE look like in your comunity in 2015?” at workshops held in Queenstown, Gore, and Invercargill.

We have tendered for an innovative and integrated model of Mental Health and Addiction Supported Accommodation. The service will start in 2013.

At the end of 2012, we are beginning to work on a community-development approach to planning for Central Otago/Queenstown Lakes – ie, developing the model in partnership with the community.

At the start of 2012 the DHB provider arm had two clinical partnership structures for Mental Health and Addiction services across the district. As of December 2012 the provider arm has one district-wide leadership team including a general manager, medical director, nursing director, and allied health director.

Nationally, we’ve seen much activity also, especially:

  • the launch of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project in April
  • the launch of Blueprint II at Parliament in June
  • the passing by Cabinet of the Ministry of Health-led Service Development Plan, Rising to the Challenge, in December.