End of the Golden Weather?
I hope you all had the opportunity to enjoy a few days break over Easter and got the benefit of a sleep-in at the end of daylight savings. Each season has its pros and cons and it is nice to be able to snuggle under some blankets at night – rather than throw them all off and hope the mosquitoes stay away.
In recent weeks we have been consulting with the Sector on a Ministry of Health draft guideline document on how the Mental Health and Addiction Sector identifies and supports parents with mental health and addiction in their role as parents. The draft Guideline has a working title of ‘Meeting the needs of children of parents with mental health and/or addiction issues’, also called the COPMIA guideline. The draft describes a sector (including services for adults) which takes responsibility for promoting and protecting the wellbeing of children, is strengths based and family and whānau focused.
This consultation has been welcomed by almost all who have responded, and despite sometimes competing views on the approach or position the document should take, it has been a very positive process and promises to be an important piece of work for the sector over the next few years. All the workforce centres will work together on how we jointly support the broad Mental Health and Addiction sector to implement the guideline when finalised and released by the Ministry of Health.