The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission have released their first service monitoring report, Te Huringa: Change and Transformation.

Te Huringa monitors the performance of mental health services and addiction services between 2016/17 and 2020/21. It describes what is working well, what is not, and how this has changed over time.

It shows there has been little change in access and wait times to mental health services and addiction services despite considerable investment in the Mental Health and Addiction Sector.

In addition, there has been no improvement in compulsory treatment, and Māori continue to disproportionately experience higher rates of coercive practices that are restrictive and can cause harm – including community treatment orders and solitary confinement (seclusion).

The report outlines the changes the Commission want to see for the system to meet the vision outlined in He Ara Oranga – the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.

Te Huringa is a transitional report that monitors services using an adapted version of the former Mental Health Commissioner’s framework, while the Commission develop their monitoring framework He Ara Āwhina (Pathways to Support).

- Read about the draft framework He Ara Āwhina consultation