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The Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner took over the functions of the former Mental Health Commission when it was disestablished in June 2012, following the passing of the Crown Entities Reform Bill.

The new Mental Health Commissioner appointed to the Office of the Health and Disability Commission has been tasked with continuing to build on the gains made in the sector since the Mental Health Commission was established in 1996.


The Mental Health Commission: 1996-2012

The Mental Health Commission was an autonomous Crown entity, established under the Mental Health Commission Act 1998 (the Act). It was set up in 1996 following a government inquiry that investigated concerns about the adequacy of mental health services at the time.

The report that followed the inquiry, which became known as the Mason Report, was critical of the services provided to people with experience of mental distress and to their families and whānau. The Mental Health Commission was established as a result, in order to "act as a catalyst to improve performance and lift the priority given to mental health in New Zealand".

One of the Commission's final pieces of work before disestablishment in 2012 was Blueprint II, which aims to guide mental health service delivery until 2022.