Inner city Project,

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Authors: Inner City Project, Wellington

Year: 2003

Event: 2003 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: NZ

Award level: Finalist

Award category: Service Partnerships

Abstract: The Inner City Project (ICP) is a community-partnership mental health service governed by nine organisations in a collaborative attempt to improve the situation of mental health consumers in Wellington, particularly for those who are transient, homeless and have difficulty accessing services. The Service has been operating since August 2000 and currently employs two full time and one part time staff. The part time position is a part consumer participation role with a focus on strengthening consumer input in all aspects of the service. The focus areas of the service are: • Helping people access services • Promoting interagency collaboration • Addressing the gaps in service provision Following strategies have proven to be successful: • Strong outreach approach • Prompt and non-bureaucratic response • Assertive follow-up if people got what they needed • Establishing good relationships with other agencies through extensive networking and promoting of the project The following services were involved: • Downtown Community Ministry, Newtown • Union Health Services (NUHS) SF Wellington • Suzanne Aubert Compassion Centre • Te Aro Health Centre • Te Ngawari Hauora • Wellington Independent Practice Association (WIPA) • Wellington Mental Health Consumers Union • Wellington People’s Centre Description of Facility/Organisation: Service Type: Community-based non-clinical no-government mental health service Area Served: Wellington, according to city council boundaries Budget: $170,000 Funding: Fully funded by Capital and Coast District Health Board mental health funds Staff Numbers: 2.4 FTE: 1 Team Leader, 1 Maori Mental Health Coordinator, 0.4 Consumer Participation Coordinator Case Load: Two of the workers do client work and have a caseload between 15-20 each at any one time Client Register: Between August 2000-Feb 2003 196 new clients registered with the service

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