Taranaki Primary Connections (TPC) is a free service for people with mild to moderate mental health and addictions needs who cannot meet the costs of private counselling or are unable to access services such as the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
TPC connects and co-ordinates brief counselling and psychological support, following a referral from a health professional (see below for referrers).
The service is Taranaki wide and is available for youth 10 years and over. Individual needs are assessed by a health professional with personal circumstances considered when allocating a provider.
Priority is given to adults and youth (10-19 years), Māori, Pasifika, low income and rural people.
Changes to the service in October 2019 have improved accessibility for priority groups and a new group of providers is now able to refer youth and adults (see below). A newly-appointed clinical coordinator triages and co-ordinates referrals, and considers extensions to packages of care as advised by the provider.
|Youth 10-19 years||Adults over 19 years|
|Public Health Nurse||Taranaki Rural Support Trust|
|Taiohi Ora/CAMHS clinicians||
Lead Maternity Carers (LMC)
|School Guidance Counsellor|
|Youth Guarantee Coordinators|
|Lead Maternity Carers (LMC)|
Free to youth, aged 10 and over, who fit the criteria