March 22, 2021
Innovation sought in Maori mental health services
The Ministry of Health has identified the first 11 kaupapa Māori primary mental health and addiction service providers in a new procurement process aimed at developing better Māori mental health services.
The process was designed after feedback that typical government procurement processes do not set Māori organisations up for success.
There will be two streams, a tuakana stream is for larger, established Māori providers with well-developed infrastructure and services, and a teina or incubator stream for smaller or newly-established Māori providers with proposals that are developed but would benefit from further support.
Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare says Māori have poorer mental health and addiction outcomes and there is a need to develop services that are designed by Māori, for Māori.
He says the flexible procurement process, which allowed people to use different methods for submitting their ideas, including video, drew some promising proposals from the providers in the Teina stream who were well linked within their local communities but need more support to get to a contract stage.
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