New community service for young people with AOD issues launched in Rotorua

» 20/12/2010, Posted by Site Admin

A new community service described as 'groundbreaking' for the Lakes DHB area is giving children and young people with Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) issues access to quality support services.

With the early December launch of Challenge Trust in Rotorua, children and young people with AOD issues who are referred to the service by Child and Mental Health will have access to respite, home based support services, day activity programs and pre/post treatment support.

'The Lakes DHB planning and funding team recognised the need for this kind of service in the area and has made sure there is a service delivery to meet that need,' says Karna Luke, Challenge Trust Chief Operating Officer. The service was tendered through a national tendering process by Lakes DHB, and will meet a vital need in the Lakes area.

'The service exists in the Lakes area now because of the commitment and determination of Lakes DHB to the people who live here. Without that commitment from planners and funders, these types of quality services cannot proceed,' says Karna.

Challenge Trust delivers a number of services around the country in the areas of AOD and mental health, and has a proven track record for achieving outcomes and results. The service operates 24/7. Karna says Challenge Trust operates under a model for recovery that has been developed over the last five years. Key milestones include developing recovery in Rotorua and driving people through the service. The model for recovery also includes community development, family development, and new vocational and day activities.

'Overall this is a service for young people and the goal is to stop them, for want of a better term, from becoming career mental health users,' he says. 'This service is dedicated for this age group in this region.' Kate Stewart, operations manager for Challenge Trust, will oversee the service in Rotorua. Kate's role is to ensure the services get established appropriately in Rotorua, and that the right level of support is provided to both the team and service users.

All the staff at Challenge Trust in Rotorua have at least a Level 4 qualification in health, addictions or another related discipline. Several have a degree in Social Work and are very experienced with AOD, says Kate. Prior to working for Challenge Trust, Kate was the Bay of Plenty DHB Manager of the Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit. Before that she was associate director of Nursing for the Bay of Plenty DHB mental health and addictions service.