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Taranaki DHB - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Mental Health & Addictions Service


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.


The Child and Adolescent Mental Health team works from three sites: New Plymouth, Stratford and Hāwera, and offers a number of satellite clinics in health centres and schools


Non-acute specialist mental health community services, plus acute crisis service during working hours

Programme Areas

Crisis / acute, Mental health

Programme Type

Acute services, Non-acute specialist mental health community services



Age Groups

Child / tamariki, Youth / rangatahi

Referral Types

GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

The service accepts written referrals from government and private agencies involved in health, education and welfare.


The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Team provides a specialist service throughout Taranaki, for 0 to 18 year olds inclusive, who are experiencing severe mental health difficulties. This service is free.

What do we mean when we say severe mental health difficulties? Things such as:

  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Eating disorders (including anorexia or bulimia)
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress disorder
  • Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Delay (including Autism, Asperger’s syndrome)
  • Attachment disorders
  • ECT

The team works from its base in New Plymouth and has satellite clinics in Hāwera and Stratford. The service is structured around a multi disciplinary team which provides assessments, formulation and therapeutic treatment plans. This utilises individuals and family’s involvement in developing recovery plans that are best suited to the presenting child, young person and family. The team also works in partnership with the Mental Health Crisis Team who provide out of hours cover for mental health emergencies.


No fees apply


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

For crisis assistance outside these hours, please call the Mental Health Assessment & Brief Care Team on 0508 292 467.

Public Holidays: Closed Waitangi Day (Observed 7/2/22) (7 Feb), Taranaki Anniversary (14 Mar), Good Friday (15 Apr), Easter Sunday (17 Apr), Easter Monday (18 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (6 Jun), Labour Day (24 Oct).
Christmas: Open 20 Dec — 24 Dec. Closed 25 Dec — 26 Dec. Open 27 Dec — 31 Dec. Closed 1 Jan — 2 Jan. Open 3 Jan — 7 Jan.


Contact Details

Child and Adolescent Community Centre
Tukapa Street
New Plymouth

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Child and Adolescent Community Centre
Tukapa Street
New Plymouth

Postal Address

Child & Adolescent Centre
Taranaki Base Hospital
Private Bag 2016
New Plymouth

This page was last updated at 11:25AM on February 4, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Taranaki DHB - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).