Mental Health Project

​​The Mental Health team within Planning and Funding are working within the alliance framework to facilitate and support transformational change across the whole of the mental health system. Specific projects are accountable to the Mental Health Workstream with the overall aim to streamline access, establish integrated systems of care and support service users in their own homes and communities.

The Current Projects within the Mental Health Workstream are:

  • Specialist Mental Health Direction of Change

  • Re-orient of the AOD system

  • Co-existing Problems

  • Stepped Care with an emphasis on Primary Care

  • Adult Mental Health Access Pathway for NGO community based services

  • Peer Project

In the coming year we will work to implement the National Youth Mental Health Project announced this year by the Government.

In addition to the above projects the team will undertake specific work to identify emerging issues and trends and engage with the sector to find solutions and action any required changes, to ensure the best service delivery to service users and their families/whanau. For example monitoring and responding when demand for services exceeds capacity, evaluating the impact of the earthquakes related issues on the mental health population such as housing and engaging in cross government initiatives to support the broader well being of the community.​

There are also additional Mental Health Leadership Workstream projects around Maori and Pacific Mental Health and Primary and Secondary Service Integration.

Community Access Pathways

In anticipation of an upsurge in demand for mental health services following the 22nd February 2011 earthquake, an alternative model for access to residential and community support work services was developed in early March 2011.

Under the Residential Options Group (ROG) and Community Support Work Access Pathway (CAP) model, delegates from each NGO mental health provider attend weekly meetings to collectively receive referrals, review capacity within each organisation and take collective responsibility for ensuring a service response is provided for each referral.

For more information click here. 

Community Access Pathways and Residential Options Group.pdf

Associated links for Mental Health:

Blueprint II

Rising to the Challenge


Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction

Implementation of our Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Plan is streamlining our AOD services and supporting increased collaboration.  The plan sits within the wider scope of best practice and focuses on local solutions using the extensive experience of consumers, families, clinicians and other stakeholders. The transformation so far has enabled earlier access to assessments, increased the numbers of people accessing AOD services and led to numerous service improvements within AOD organisations across Canterbury.

In the coming year we will work to implement the National Youth Mental Health project announced this year by the Government.

Alcohol and Drug Project 2009.pd

Co-Existing Problems (CEP)

Work is continuing across the system to improve responsiveness to people with CEP with the following initiatives:
Training workshops via MHERC

  • Planning for a local CEP symposium to be held in November 2013

  • A CEP special interest group which is a forum for clinically oriented discussions

  • East Sector Community Team continuing to develop their CEP capability. 

     CEP Draft Plan 2012 - 2015.pdf

In May this year the Te Whare o Tiki - the Co-Existing Problems (CEP) knowledge and skills framework publication was launched. It describes the knowledge and skills required by the mental health and addiction workforce to effectively respond to the needs of people, their families and whanau.



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Page last reviewed: 03 September 2013