As the first step of the Mental Health and Addiction Planning Project, a discussion document was prepared in December 2010/January 2011 that considered previous mental health and addiction funding and planning activity and proposed that a five-year plan be developed for the mental health & addictions sector. The document outlined a detailed proposed planning process. An archived copy is available for download here.
The document was released in January 2011 to mental health and addiction sector stakeholders. A sector forum was held in Balclutha on January 31st, in part to discuss the content of the paper. The forum was attended by over 100 stakeholders from throughout the sector, and resulted in general mandate being given to proceed with the planning process as proposed in the discussion document.