The final version of Adult Mental Health Services’ Direction of Change was released on 3 July 2012. The Direction of Change represents a step forward in the provision of mental health services in Canterbury. It is based on a community led model of care that has been developed by listening to consumers and their family/whanau, community providers and the CDHB’s mental health staff.
This new model of care will see the creation of four multi-disciplinary teams. Each team will manage:
1. Access to services
2. Routine case management
3. Crisis resolution
4. Extended Treatment
5. Acute Inpatient services.
Under the Direction of Change model of care every consumer will have a key contact person, or case manager, who is part of their multi-disciplinary team. The case manager role will be carried out by community mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists. Care and treatment will be based on a shared treatment plan for each consumer, with review and handover rather than repeated reassessment.
Wherever possible consumers will be seen where they prefer to be seen: A DHB facility, one we share with other providers, at the consumer’s home or another venue that the consumer might nominate.
The Direction of Change supports the CDHB’s objective of ensuring people get the right care, in the right place at the right time.