Taking mental health seriously
The report of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction He Ara Oranga revealed that we need a whole new approach to mental health and addiction in New Zealand. This package provides funding to begin addressing the gaps in current services, particularly in early life or through early intervention.
Investment in Mental Health – Strengthening and Improving Frontline Services
Investment provides services from prevention through to intensive intervention, and will improve access to primary care by more than 100% with 325,000 people able to access services by 2023/24. This includes more funding to strengthen existing services to meet demand and ring-fencing $213 million of DHB funding to meet acute, primary or community-based care needs. A major focus will be placed on suicide prevention and early intervention.
Treating Drug and Alcohol Addiction
The Wellbeing Budget begins to address the strong link between alcohol and other drug dependency and mental wellbeing. These initiatives increase funding for specialist services to meet the current demand and better serve those living with a dependency. Additional funding for these services is in the justice sector mental health package, including Hāpaitia.
Housing First and Transitional Housing
Safe housing is a key social determinant for positive mental health. Funding will provide 1,044 extra Housing First places, significantly increase the number of transitional housing placements and ensure support services continue to be provided alongside housing need.
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Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata
Hāpaitia was jointly developed by the Ministers of Justice, Corrections and Police to lift outcomes for people who interact with the justice system. Hāpaitia initiatives target people in need of, or at higher risk of needing, mental health or addiction services. These initiatives increase access to treatment services related to alcohol and other drugs by at least 59% and provide mental health services to up to 6,300 people from 2022/23.