Trash Palace clo­sure a loss

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

As a regular vis­i­tor to Trash Palace I was sad­dened to hear of its clo­sure.

It’s a great as­set for Porirua and the wider re­gion and I hope the city coun­cil finds al­ter­na­tive ways of keep­ing it op­er­at­ing.

Of greater im­pact, though, is the loss of jobs and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for men­tal health con­sumers who work at Trash Palace and other Mana Re­cov­ery fa­cil­i­ties.

Th­ese changes have come about in part be­cause the dis­trict health board has with­drawn fund­ing, say­ing it’s now us­ing a new model to pro­vide ser­vices to its men­tal health con­sumers. What is driv­ing this though?

Were con­sumers of the ser­vices un­happy with the old model?

Is the change based on bet­ter meet­ing their needs and as­pi­ra­tions?

How many men­tal health ser­vices have been lost in the Porirua area in the last 12 months?

Who will mon­i­tor how well the new model is do­ing?

I look for­ward to hear­ing hard ev­i­dence that the ‘new model’ is a bet­ter model, be­cause at the mo­ment it seems like yet an­other down­grad­ing of ser­vices to peo­ple

who of­ten get short-changed.

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