New residential mental health and addiction service for Lakes
16/09/2020 2:58:50 p.m.

Wednesday 16 September 2020

A new residential service to care for people with multiple mental health and addiction issues will improve a significant gap in service provision in the Lakes DHB area.

Lakes District Health Board has contracted Ember Korowai Takitini to set up residential services in Rotorua and Taupō to care for people whose complex needs are beyond the normal capability of currently contracted residential mental health providers.

Portfolio Manager for Mental Health and Addictions Michael O’Connell says Ember Korowai Takitini is a recently constituted organisation (Connect Supporting Recovery and Framework Trust) that brings over 50 years of combined experience in mental health, alcohol and other drug and intellectual disability sectors.

“Ember’s experience in providing ‘high and complex’ needs residential service, psychosocial support, rehabilitation and clinical input into tangata whai i te ora will be a significant and welcome resource in mental health and addiction service delivery in the Lakes District Health Board rohe,” Michael O’Connell says.

Ember Group CEO, Darryl Bishop says the Ember whānau is delighted to accept the opportunity to deliver this service in Lakes.

“One of the things that excites us most is the close match of Ember’s operating philosophy and the Te Ara Tauwhirotanga model of care. We believe in putting people first, treating them with kindness, compassion and respect and truly learning about what is most important to them and how they see the world.

We share the philosophy that by working with a person’s whole universe – their whānau, spirituality and culture – we will achieve meaningful outcomes for them.”

Ember Korowai Takitini will purchase established properties in Rotorua and Taupō and refurbish them to suit their clients’ needs. They will start service provision in February 2021 graduating to full operational capacity by July 2021.

“We are humbled to be invited to become part of the wider Lakes community, by working with and learning from all of the amazing people within it. We are confident that together we will make this service very successful,” Darryl Bishop says.

In the words of Ember kaumātua John Marsden;

“Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou ka ora ai te katoa.

“With your efforts and contributions and my efforts and contributions, the people will be fulfilled”


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