The purpose of this briefing is to outline the findings and recommendations from a mid-term review of the 2019 $1.9bn mental health and addiction package, commissioned by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Health on 2 July 2021.
As part of Budget 2019 the Government allocated $1.9bn in response to He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction (He Ara Oranga), particularly to significantly enhance support available to people with mental health and addiction issues in the community. 57% of the funding went to Vote Health, 24% to Vote Housing and Urban Development, 9% to the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse, agencies response and the settlement of historical claims, 7% to Vote Corrections and the remaining 3% to five Government agencies for various initiatives.
This mid-term Review was commissioned by Ministers on 2 July 2021 and it assesses the initiatives attributed to Vote Health, Vote Housing and Development, and Vote Corrections, 88% of the total package of initiatives. It also looks at the broader Mental Health Infrastructure programme which includes funding from New Zealand Upgrade, and Budgets 2015 and 2018.
The focus of the Review is on delivery of the outputs, risks and barriers to delivery and whether the appropriate governance, planning, reporting mechanisms are in place.