The Midland Region Mental Health and Addiction regional plans have been developed through an extensive engagement process involving key stakeholders from each of the districts within the Midland region: Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Tairawhiti and Taranaki.  Consumers, families, Maori, Pacific, providers, clinical leaders and funders have given freely of their time and knowledge.  We sincerely appreciate the goodwill and energy that all participants have contributed during the development phase and know this commitment will continue into the implementation phase.  We are confident that the vibrancy of the Midland Region Mental Health and Addiction sector will ensure all of the regional plan's success. 

This page has been developed to hold all of the Midland Regions key documents and project progress updates. 

For publications from previous years please click links below:

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Workforce Strategic Plan 2015 - 2021

In December 2012 the Mental Health Commission (MHC) released the Blueprint II and the Ministry of Health (MoH) released the Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan (SDP), “Rising to the Challenge”. The impetus of both documents for mental health and addiction services is to increase national consistency focusing on access, service quality and outcomes for people who use services for their whanau and for the communities that they live in. Both documents set a service development pathway with clear actions and expectations for the next five years.

If you require any further information regarding the plan please contact Steve Neale at Steve.Neale (at)

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Substance Abuse Legislation Model of Care

The new Substance Abuse Legislation (SAL) 2016 requires a collaborative Midland health and social sector response to ensure that people residing in this region are able to access assessment and treatment under the Act; and have their needs met appropriately and in a timely manner.

The purpose of this document is to outline the Midland Sub-Regional Mental Health and Addiction’s new model of care for Addiction services, consistent with the requirements of SAL as requested by the Ministry of Health.

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Review of the Reduction in Section 29 Compulsory Treatment Order Project Report

The Mental Health and Addiction Regional Network (MH&ARN) commissioned an evaluation to explore the impact of any quality improvement programme implemented across the region since the introduction of the National Key Performance Indicator (KPI) in 2014.  The KPI was introduced to address the disproportionate number of Māori under the Compulsory Treatment Order (CTO) compared to non-Māori.  This project focused on Section 29 (S29) only.

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Supporting Parents Healthy Children - Single Session Family Consultation

The Midland Regional Mental Health and Addiction Team have invested significantly in supporting the Midland District Health Board (DHB) areas implementation of the Supporting Parents Healthy Children (SPHC) framework.

In order to support implementation of the framework, our Leadership Networks agreed that a series of workshops would be run to support practitioners and services working with whānau.  We selected the Single Session Family Consultation (SSFC2) method, recommended by Werry Workforce Whāraurau and Matua Raḵi, as it is quick, easy to implement and use, and is effective in assisting whānau to identify issues and to work to resolve them.

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Midland MH&A Workforce Stocktake

At a combined Clinical Governance and Portfolio Managers Leadership Network in 2018, the Midland Regional Mental Health and Addiction (MRMH&A) team agreed to undertake a Workforce Stocktake across the region.  The aim of the Stocktake was to highlight and share examples of good practice to identify and respond to Workforce issues in the Midland region.