November 15, 2018
Speedy track to meth treatment wins award
A joint initiative between police and Northland District Health Board to reduce methamphetamine demand has won the supreme award at the Northland Health and Social Innovation Awards.
Te Ara Oranga enables police to refer people to treatment, with referral times reduced from 2 to 3 weeks to 24 to 48 hours.
Pou whānau Connectors and Whānau Groups are employed to work in the community to support users with a focus on placing people into jobs or work training to encourage a positive pathway for the future.
The awards highlighted projects that are proving positive in bridging the gap between health inequities particularly for Māori.
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