About the project

About the project
Waikato DHB is working to improve youth alcohol and other drug services in the district. There are concerns that a large proportion of youth who would benefit from accessing specialist community based alcohol and other drug services do not access any of the Waikato DHB funded outpatient/community services.


The Ministry of Health has provided the ‘one-off’ project funding to the DHB to develop a fresh focused solution for young people in the Waikato experiencing drug and alcohol problems, including youth with co-existing mental health problems.

The Waikato Youth Alcohol and Drug project team members hosted meetings around the Waikato in 2014 to get ideas, input and support from health providers, families, youth workers as a basis for developing a new approach, and also used an online survey to gather more information and ideas.

The meetings and an online survey provided extremely useful information to help the project team come up with some solutions. 

Using this information, the project team developed recommendations as to how youth AOD services should be provided. These recommendations included a new ‘Model of Care’ for youth, which identifies different pathways for youth to enter services depending on their alcohol or drug problem and how bad it is.

The recommendations were accepted by the Waikato District Health Board Disability Support Advisory Committee in late 2014 and since then the project team has been busy developing the Model of Care.

This piece of work was completed in June 2015 and further work is now being undertaken in the areas of:
  • Planning where and how services will be delivered
  • Naming the service with input from youth
  • Planning website development
  • Developing Service Specifications for the new service
  • Developing best practice documentation for the providers of the service

It is expected that improved services for Waikato youth will be in place by 30 June 2016