Kāpiti Youth Support (KYS) is urgently seeking more local people to sign its petition for proper long-term funding from the Government.
Almost 3,200 had signed the online petition when KIN visited the KYS hub in Paraparumu.
But 1800 more signatures are needed urgently so the petition can be presented to the Health Minister before Christmas.
The Petition says:
We, the undersigned, call on the Minister of Health to deliver an immediate increase in funding to Kāpiti Youth Support to meet current demand for primary health and mental health services, and sustainable funding for all Youth One Stop Shops nationally.
Readers, please sign here:
What will proper funding do?
Manager Raechel Osborne says they provide essential services to the community’s most vulnerable people — but they’ve had no increase in funding for core health services for 15 years!
“Our Kāpiti community of children, young people and their families/whānau are asking for help,” she says.
“There’s been a 300 percent increase in demand for primary mental health services following the COVID-19 lockdown.
“We are calling on the Minister of Health to deliver an immediate increase in funding to meet current demand for youth health services, and a sustainable funding path for the future.”
Demand at an all-time high
Kāpiti Youth Support says demand for youth mental health services is at an all-time high. And the Government must help to cope with this and provide for other health, and social services.
“The children and young people in Kāpiti have diverse needs and are looking for the full range of wrap-around services delivered by KYS,” says Raechel.
Why is this important?
She explains that the Kāpiti service (like others in NZ) provides a ‘Youth One Stop Shop’ designed to meet the specific needs of children and young people.
“The current siloed health, mental health and social service funding models mean KYS are is constantly chasing contracts and funding, which is unsustainable,” she says.
“Funding must ensure that services continue to be free.
“Cost barriers lead to the most vulnerable children and young people missing out on services. Free services remove these barriers and ensure more equitable access.
‘Under one roof’
“KYS delivers a range of health and social services under one roof. This means we are able to meet the full range of needs a young person has, in a holistic way, as recommended in a recent review of the health system.
“However, the current ad hoc and short-term funding (along with limited private donations) means unstable income streams. This makes it impossible to plan long-term or to coordinate resources.”