Authors: MASH Trust
Event: 2000 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NZ
Award level: Bronze
Award category: Rehabilitation / Recovery Program or Service
Abstract: From its earliest days MASH Trust emraced a philosophy of empowering consumers through their active involvement in decision making and participation at all levels of the organisation, including governance at Board Level, meetings with stadd at operational level, and direct management of conumer run initiatives such as the large central city drop-in cetre. This partnership approach is taken so seriously that is has been formally enshrines in the Trust's legal Constitution. Recently the Trust extended its existing range of services to include joint venture partnerships with Ngati Raukawa for vocational services, MidCentral Health for a pilot dual diagnosis service new to New Zealand, and Palmerston North City Council for expanded residential opportunities in independent living. Finally, the Trust works in partnership at tertiary level for postgraduate mental health nursing qualifications, and for support workers, social worker, and trainee nurse in providing training, preceptorship and placement opportunities for staff wether consumers or non-consumers. Each if theses initiatives are aimed at promoting improved quality of life for consumers by infusing the recovery model throughout all Trust activities in direct partnership with consumers. Description of Facility/Organisation: MASH Trust operates a regional service offering a wide range of community based residential and rehabilitation services for people with long term psychiatric disability based upon a recovery philosophy. The Trust's activities extend across the loswer North Island of New Zealand from Taihape to Wellington with a head office based in Palmerston North. This area falls broadly within the regional boudnaries of two Hospital Services, MidCentral Healrg and Capital Coast Healrg. It further encompasses the tribal boudnaries of Ngati Raukawa. MASH's current service is characterised by formal partnerships with a variety of stake holders, including consumers, Maori, the acute care facilities as well as Massey University and two local Polytechnics. With a current operating budget of just over 4 million dollars, the Trust receives funds from several sources: HFA 78%, Work and Income New Zealand 18%, Philanthropics 4%. Current clinet numbers active total 150 supported by 122 staff. Up to 45 consumers are active in employment, some directly within the Trust and some in community supported employment schemes run by the Trust.
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