Our Journey from Rhetoric to Reality

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Authors: Richmond Fellowship, Tauranga, New Zealand

Year: 2003

Event: 2003 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: NZ

Award level: Finalist

Award category: Recovery Program or Service

Abstract: In July 2000, Richmond Fellowship Bay of Plenty had a change in management and service delivery focus. With an increased emphasis on better outcomes for clients and a much improved working environment for staff, a number of challenges emerged from the service. One of the more difficult challenges was how, as a service, could we develop structures which supported the client, through their recovery, as well as giving meaning to their lives through increased functionality and success. It was out of this process, a new concept for this region emerged. The notion of ‘work’ to maintain wellness, has been in the mental health arena for many years but has always been a challenge for the sector due to the fluctuation in wellness levels for our clients. Richmond Fellowship Tauranga, following consultation with its clients and staff, with families/whanau and significant others and following extensive research into the concept of work as it applied to clients with ongoing levels of mental health/wellness, decided on a pathway of calculated risk. Richmond Fellowship Tauranga: • A capacity funded recovery model; • Services the Western Bay of Plenty with a base in the city of Tauranga; • Service budget of $900,000 health funding plus individual client benefit dollars; • District Health Board funding, individual client benefits, disability allowances; • 14 full-time equivalents represented by 25 staff; • 42-50 clients at any time.

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