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Enabling a Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Approach in Counties Manukau - Budget 2023

Continuing to provide wraparound support to families and whānau in crisis - Wellbeing Budget 2023.

This initiative will continue to fund specialist non-government organisation participation in the Multi-Disciplinary Cross Agency Team (MDCAT) in Counties Manukau.

The Government is investing $1.920 million over two years to continue funding eight fulltime positions from specialist non-government organisations to participate in the MDCAT in Counties Manukau, which provides wraparound support to families and whānau in crisis.

  • MDCAT kaimahi play a key role in building trusting relationships with whānau in crisis and ensure they receive long-term, wraparound support.
  • The eight fulltime positions will operate as frontline MDCAT kaimahi, where they will:
    • attend meetings where complex cases with multiple health and social stressors are referred to the MDCAT team
    • work alongside government agencies to develop joint response plans aimed at direct engagement with families and whānau to understand their needs and support them into services.
  • The collaborative MDCAT approach provides a promising way of working with families and whānau with complex needs who have to deal with multiple statutory agencies.
  • This initiative is part of a whole-of-government Te Puna Aonui package of $73.480 million over four years to fill key gaps and improve outcomes for family violence and sexual violence services.
  • This initiative supports delivery of the following Te Aorerekura action:
    • Action 2: Agencies integrate community-led responses.
  • Outcomes of this initiative include:
    • improved mental health and quality of life for victims/survivors of violence in the short term
    • increased trust in the family violence and sexual violence system in the long term.


($m, operating)