Pathways to Support

Pathways to Support

Project status: Survey closed 20 April 2011. Analysis has been completed. Report available as part of the Situational Analysis - download by clicking here.

The Pathways to Support project was co-ordinated by Steve Catty from our Project Support Team.  Through a survey and focus groups, we identifed and documented pathways to and from services that offer support to people with a mental health and/or addiction need in Southern DHB.

The objectives of this project were:

  • to better understand how people currently access support for a mental health and/or addiction need in Southern DHB, in order to inform the Mental Health and Addiction Planning Project
  • to identify any barriers to accessing support in the current organisation of services and supports.

The survey
The survey tool that was used collected information from each service on the journey of a "hypothetical service user" who is representative of most of the service users for that service.  It also asked questions on potential/perceived barriers in the organisation of services, and about what works well to support people to access services/support.

Focus groups
Focus groups with service users and family/whanau were held where possible.

Key project stakeholders
Service Users
- Families
- DHB Provider Arm Services
- NGO providers
- Primary care sector
- Private practitioners
- Planning & Funding

Key deliverables
For this project, we aimed to achieve:
- Engagement of a sufficient number of services, with sufficient representation of the geographic region of the Southern DHB and continuum of services
- Production of the report by the task deadline

Scope inclusions/exclusions
The services included in this project were defined as:
- All services/support organisations that are funded by Southern DHB to provide a mental health and/or addiction service
- Selected Intellectual Disability and Mental Health of Older People Services, to be separately analysed for contextual information

More information
Please contact us for more information.