HSMH403 Professional Practice in Mental Health & Addiction Support

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Running head: MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SUPPORT1Mental Health and Addiction SupportNameInstitutional AffiliationDate
MENTAL HEALTHAND ADDICTION SUPPORT2Mental Health and Addiction SupportThe World Health Organization (2014) statesthat, mental health services, refers tosupport and treatment services for mental illness, alcohol and drug addiction and chronic mentalillness. All practitioners in mental health and addiction support services implement regulations,policies, legislation, codes, and standards that are relevant to the roles they occupy in a mannerthat supports the users of the service and their families.In 1996, The Mental HealthCommissionwas established after recommendations from the Mason inquiry to monitor theimplementation of mental health strategies in New Zealand (French, Old & Healy, 2001).Health and Disability Commissioner Regulations 1996New Zealand’s Health and Disability Commissioneroffice is under amandate to protectthe rights of mental health services consumers while promoting their independence andcommunity participation (Manning, 2010). The Commissioner who is only responsible to theMinister of Health,is tasked with various functions such as developing a Code of Rights,promoting consumer rights, refer complaints for investigation, prepare advocacy servicesguidelines and to report relevant matters to the Minister of Health. The Health and DisabilityServices Consumers Rights Code 1996 protects all consumers who are receiving disability orhealth servicesin New Zealand based on ten rights. The Code places all organizations and theirstaff under an obligation to notify patients, consumers, and clients of their respective rights.The code endows the consumer of mental health services the right to be respectfullytreated in a manner that is free from coercion, discrimination, exploitation, and harassment. Thisservice must also be provided in a such a way that it respects the individual’s independence anddignity. The code requires mental health and addiction support workers to provide standard
MENTAL HEALTHAND ADDICTION SUPPORT3services to patients in an ethical, legal and professional manner. Furthermore, effectivecommunication channels that fully inform the mental patients and clients should be used. This isbecause all consumers have a right to accurate and honest answers in regard to their health.Consumers also have the right to give informed consent unless he or she is incompetent to do so.If the patient is not competent to make a choice, he or she may be allowed to make a decision tothe extent of his or hercompetence level or another person who is entitled to make the informeddecision may step in.In particular, the purpose of these regulations includes to secure fair resolution of relatedcomplaints, facilitatethe Health and Disability Commissioner’s appointment, promulgation of theCode and other incidental matters such as education of both providers and consumers. In itseffort to enforce the Code, various public funded educational campaigns aimed at sensitizing thepublic on the rights of mentally ill people have been launched by the New Zealand Ministry ofHealth. One of such, ‘Let’s get real’ initiative highlighted the essential attitudes,skills,andknowledge, that are necessary to deliver effective addiction and mental health services. Thisinitiative is intended to improve the capability and competence of the mental health servicespractitioners. Another educational program, ‘Like minds. Like mine’ was launched in 1997 tohelp reduce discrimination and stigma that individuals with mental health illnesses face. Varioussurveys conducted to review the impact of the campaign show it has produced positive results inincreasing the community’s mental illness awareness and reducing stigma (Thornicroft, Wyllie,Thornicroft & Mehta, 2014).Human Rights Act 1993By definition, human rights are the fundamental rights or freedoms entitled to everyone.In NewZealand, human rights are promoted and protected by the country’sHuman Rights Act
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