Nikau House is a well used critical mental health care facility in Nelson which is facing closure by the NMDHB – please see this stuff news article https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/121761675/proposal-to-close-longstanding-community-mental-health-facility-nikau-house-raises-concerns
A health board proposal to close the well-used community facility Nikau House could reduce access to critical mental health services, those familiar with the service say.
Nikau House staff were told last week of the proposal to close the mental health facility which was formed more than 30 years ago ahead of the de-institutionalisation of Ngawhatu Hospital.
The proposal said there was some “duplication of services” between Nikau House and other providers. It proposed moving Nikau House services and staff to the Nelson Adult Community Mental Health Team and other organisations.
There is no other social and therapeutic service in nelson which provides professional staff led care and oversight geared towards the needs of those with major mental illness.