S48: “Mutuality Doesn’t Just Happen” – the development of Piri Pono, a peer led, acute alternative, residential service in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Authors: Darryl Bishop, Karyn Munday

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Funding – Changing Models, Systems,Clinical Issues,Service Systems, Delivery, Implementation,Trauma-informed care,Wellbeing,Lived Experience, Recovery

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Connect Supporting Recovery had a vision for a peer run Acute Alternative service. This vision became a reality in September 2013 when Piri Pono a 6 bed service was established.

Piri Pono provides a hope-filled place, and relationships where crises can be turned into opportunities; where people use opportunities to experience change and, to learn new responses through relationships with peers and peer support staff. We believe that everyone is competent and capable and inherently know what they need.

Relationships in Piri Pono strive to be free from coercion and power imbalances, building relationships based on a framework that redefines what “help” might look like in a mutual relationship. New and different relationships are part of what encourages people to become active participants rather than passive recipients within all relationships they have with others. Mutuality is not something that “just happens”.

The Intentional Peer Support (IPS) model informs service delivery. Our presentation will take you through the beginnings of Piri Pono and share the challenges and highlights of this remarkable service. You will hear quotes from staff and users of the service about the support, and impact of the service this through the results of our most recent evaluation.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: We want people to know that peer services can work as part of service mix in all settings. Audience members will leave with a deeper understanding of the challenges and learnings gained from the last three and half years. However, mostly they will go away with a sense of hope of what can be achieved when innovative providers and brave funders get their act together

Learning Objective 2: We face challenging times in mental health service delivery. Money is too tight to mention, as the song goes, and we must look to innovation as the norm. Piri Pono is relevant to any conversation about how we can do things differently with fantastic outcomes.

Mental Health Commission. (2012). Blueprint II: How things need to be. Wellington: Mental Health Commission.
Ministry of Health. (2012). Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan

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