Experienced mental health advocate joins SLA
Ashburton Community Alcohol and Drug Service (ACADS) Chief Executive Chris Clark has joined the Ashburton Service Level Alliance (ASLA) in a newly created role with a mental health perspective.
Chris comes to the alliance with an in-depth knowledge of the addiction industry and experience working collaboratively with a wide variety of organisations both locally and nationally.
She was a founding member of ACADS when it was formed back in 1988 and was appointed as the CEO in 2006. Over the last 30 years Chris has been involved with various organisations, agencies and projects in the Ashburton community. She has recently been involved with youth mental health, through the Ashburton Postvention Core Working Group and through ACADS new contract to provide a Youth Mental Health Support position. On a national level she was a founding member of the National Public Health Alcohol Working Group.
“I am passionate about our community and understand the importance of working together to ensure the community has access to quality health services,” says Chris.
Chris is also looking forward to bringing a local mental health and addiction perspective to the group.
Gordon Guthrie, ASLA Chairperson, says Chris’s experience will provide the ASLA with a wider understanding of the mental health issues in the community and play an extremely important part when considering how best to deliver health services on a ‘whole of system’ basis.
For more information about the ASLA go to http://ccn.health.nz/FocusAreas/Ashburton.aspx
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