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The Ministry of Health recently released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Integrated Primary Mental Health and Addictions Services across New Zealand. 

The deadline for proposals was 24 October 2019. 

What is it about? 

This proposal was part of the government’s recent Wellbeing Budget 2019 announcement and focused on one element of a new mental health pathway. This proposal included:

  • peer/cultural health coaches
  • health improvement practitioners 
  • support for general practice
  • seamless access to cultural and social supports, and 
  • effective links and coordination between primary and secondary mental health and addiction services. 

The Ministry RFP documents can be found here.

Who's involved? 

The ministry sought collaborative responses to deliver the service to the enrolled population of selected general practices within a defined geographical area. Canterbury Clinical Network facilitated the development of the Canterbury response. 

Development of this response included the establishment of a sponsorship group of the three PHOs, Navigate Waitaha and the CDHB. This group was supported by the discussions and decisions put forward by a technical advisory group (TAG). The TAG consisted of:

  • Independent Chair
  • Consumer/peer services
  • Primary mental health
  • Specialist mental health
  • General practice
  • Pasifika NGO provider
  • Kaupapa Māori NGO provider
  • Mental Health & Addictions provider 
  • CCN Alliance Leadership Team
  • CALD and Rainbow Communities 

What's next? 

A co-design workshop was held 6 September and the key themes from that were incorporated into Canterbury's proposal. The Te Tumu Waiora model, recently piloted both nationally and regionally, was referenced in the design of a Canterbury response. Some information on Te Tumu Waiora can be found here.

The Sponsor Group and the TAG met weekly to work through the requirements of the response; communications will continue to go out to stakeholder groups. This website will be kept updated with information as it comes in. 

This RFP is only one small part of a much larger Wellbeing budget, and was only one step along the journey that Canterbury has already been taking towards designing a mental health system that our population needs. Other Ministry RFPs for Maori and Pacific mental health initiatives have been released and close shortly. 

Wider - and deeper - engagement with stakeholders and consumers will develop over time. 

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RFP and other documents

All the RFP documents can be found in the Web Document Library.
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Ministry of Health Wellbeing Budget 2019

New approach to mental health, wellbeing and addiction services announced
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Useful resources

He Ara Oranga

Report of the Government inquiry into mental health and addiction 

Te Tumu Waiora

Model of primary mental health and addictions care and support.