Mental Health & Addictions

The Mental Health & Addiction Alliance provides advice, guidance and direction to the South Island mental health sector and oversees the development of regional strategic planning. In achieving its vision, the Service Level Alliance also considers and prioritises recommendations from the Mental Health sector.

By working collaboratively, South Island DHBs can strengthen regional integration of services and improve the quality, access and sustainability of mental health services. Mental Health & Addiction Service Level Alliance (MH&A SLA) provides guidance and direction to the mental health sector, focusing the planning and development of improvements to services. MH&A SLA draws on expertise from across the mental health sector, including health professionals, consumer advocates and non-profit organisations to work on collaborative initiatives that will improve the quality of services for the South Island community.

The group is currently working on supporting the following areas:

  • alcohol and other drugs
  • peer support
  • advance preferences
  • suicide prevention
  • workforce development.


  • 21 Jan 2019

    News 21 Jan 2019 Mental health and Addiction Workforce Development Facilitator, SIAPO Looking for an interesting role in mental health and addiction workforce development across the South Island? This new role works within the Workforce Hub, South Island Alliance Programme Office which supports the South Island District Health Boards (DHBs) in the alliance framework to support […]

  • 30 Apr 2018

    News 30 Apr 2018 Heather Casey, Chair of the Mental Health and Addiction Services SLA There are many priority areas I could focus on within this editorial; the social determinants of health, the First 1000 Days, people-centred services, population health, health promotion and building healthy communities to name just a few – all of them […]