Authors: Margaret Beets and Rob Warriner: Accommodation for Mental Health Society (North Shore) Inc
Event: 1994 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Proceedings, housing, social welfare, community care, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Accommodation for Mental Health Society (NorthShore) Inc. (AMHS) is an independent, non-profit organisation providing long term housing, support and related services for people who have experienced mental ill-health, on Auckland's North Shore. The Scoiety is an example of a so far successful partnership between North Health, Housing New Zealand, Department of Social Welfare, New Zealand Employment, psychiatric consumers themselves, families of consumers, and of course the community. The key point is that the Society is community based and contgrolled, and, notwithstanding contractual arrangements and close working relationships with various agencies, it is in control of its own destiny and remains autonomous. This paper outlines the stucture, workings, and philosophy of the Society, based on both consumer and community empowerment. It demonstrates how community care and treatment can be a successful and effective reality if carefully planned and targeted Also highlighted are some of the issues and challenges which emerged in gaining credibility, acceptance, and the confidence of both the community and existing institutionally based mental health services.