Monday, June 24, 2024

Porirua mental health unit opens

Health Minister, Andrew Little has opened a new purpose-built mental health and intellectual disability facility in Porirua today.

The Minister said Manawai, the National Individualised Service Unit (ISU), was built to support a small number of people with an intellectual disability who also have a significant mental health condition.

“This six-unit facility will provide a better quality of life for those receiving care through more individual therapeutic programmes in a more private, home-like environment,” Mr Little said.

“These are people who have been engaging in behaviour that can be of high risk to themselves and others, they therefore require long-term care and rehabilitation in a secure setting and these units will go a long way to better support their rehabilitative gains.

“Building reliable services takes time, but the completion of this project shows this is a government that takes mental health seriously and we are working hard to turn things around.”

He said the opening of the unit was an important step in investing in the future of mental health and intellectual disability services in Aotearoa.

Four people have been approved for admission into Manawai and approvals for the remaining units are underway, he confirmed.

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