Te Kōkiri: The Mental Health and Addiction Action Plan has been developed to directly implement Te Tāhuhu – Improving Mental Health 2005-2015: The Second New Zealand Mental Health and Addiction Plan.
Te Kōkiri is the result of extensive consultation with the mental health and addiction sector over the past two years.
The Ministry of Health and District Health Boards jointly developed the action plan and undertook a comprehensive approach to its development.
An Advisory Group was established in August 2005 made up of representatives of the Mental Health Commission and District Health Boards, along with individuals selected on the basis of their expertise, skills and knowledge.
A process of pre-consultation on a draft to elicit broader sector feedback included:
- senior peer reviewers
- feedback on a draft from key stakeholders
- presentations to key groups.
This was followed by a formal consultation period and analysis of submissions, in March/April 2006.
Te Kōkiri is a high-level document that takes a comprehensive approach, and like Te Tāhuhu – Improving Mental Health includes a mix of both high-level initiatives and specific operational actions. In relation to specific actions, key stakeholders and milestones/measures are identified. Timeframes are set and clustered around three time periods, 1-3 years, 3-5 years and 5-10 years.
The action plan also clearly defines the responsibilities of the Ministry of Health and District Health Boards, the two agencies with stewardship responsibilities for implementing the action plan.