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Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance (EBPHA) - Mental Health & Addiction Services

Mental Health & Addictions Service


Youth Alcohol & Other Drug/Co-Existing Problems Service

Programme Areas

Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Community / social support (AOD), Coexisting problems – mental health & addictions


Bay of Plenty

Age Groups

Youth / rangatahi

Referral Types

Self referral, GP

Referral Process

This service is for youth 10-19 years who live in the Eastern Bay and have been identified by the GP with mild to moderate needs.

Youth can also self-refer to this service.

Phone counselling is provided from referral until client is seen by a counsellor.


The team of Counsellors provide short term support to enable the clients to consider their own individuality, values, beliefs and supports as well as those of their family/ whānau. The team understand that everyone has different strengths and needs. Together they develop a support plan through developing skills, knowledge, tools and opportunities to achieve their goals and aspirations. An important aspect of developing these goals can be achieved through utilising assessment tools.

This may be through utilising an interactive assessment tool like SPARX. The Counselling team will be looking at strengthening their relationships with intermediate and secondary schools to offer programmes to increase student resiliency around relationships with themselves, their family/whānau, their peers and things like physical activity, nutrition and alcohol.

In some instances the Counselling team are able to involve other Services to ensure that all the elements of each person’s recovery is progressing. Recovery is a life journey. Everyone’s recovery will be different, reflecting each person’s uniqueness as individuals. The counselling team will walk beside each person on their journey, supporting and motivating them to achieve to be as healthy as they can be.

Contact Details

5 Louvain Street
Bay Of Plenty 3120

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Street Address

5 Louvain Street
Bay Of Plenty 3120

Postal Address

PO Box 664
Whakatāne 3158

This page was last updated at 12:51PM on June 4, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance (EBPHA) - Mental Health & Addiction Services.