Many people in the justice system have mental health issues and the focus of this service, launched in 2017, is on supporting those who have mild to moderate mental health issues. We also help their families.
Improving mental health - prisons
We support prisoners who are serving a custodial sentence. We have eight clinical staff based at Hawke’s Bay, Whanganui, Manawatu and Rimutaka (Upper Hutt) Prisons. Staff work as part of the multidisciplinary prison health teams, drawing up treatment plans for prisoners and working with them to achieve those plans.
Improving mental health - community
We have two clinical staff based in Palmerston North, who support offenders in the community (people who have come out of prison or who are serving a community sentence and are on probation). These staff help with treatment plans and goals and work with offenders to achieve those plans.
family whĀnau support
We provide a wraparound service for family/whānau of prisoners/offenders in Palmerston North. Our family/whānau support worker not only helps people to better support their family member with their mental health issues, but also helps them engage with appropriate social agencies.
It can be complex to explain how referrals are made to Pact so please get in touch if you want to find out how to access our services. We’ll bend over backwards to help you. Even if you are not eligible for government-funded Pact support, we have other options, including paying for Pact services privately (see individually-funded services).