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Waikato DHB - Infant Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (ICAMHS)

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Infant Child and Adolescent Service - Mental Health

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Non-acute specialist mental health community services



Age Groups

Child, Youth

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

Anybody can make a referral, including the young person. We get most of our referrals from
GPs, family, friends, medical specialists, school guidance counsellors, Police Youth Aid, schools and education services, the Children and Young Persons and Their Families Agency, and community groups.

We expect the child/adolescent's GP to be informed and involved as the primary medical caregiver, even if they did not make the original referral.

We cannot accept children and adolescents with problems related solely to:

  • intellectual disability (includes post head injury) with or without behavioural problems
  • learning difficulties
  • criminal activities (anti-social behaviours)
  • parenting difficulties

The Infant Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (ICAMHS) is a free, community service for children and adolescents up to 18 years old and their families/whānau.

We provide assessment and treatment for children and adolescents with moderate to psychiatric disorders and severe emotional or behavioural problems. More specifically we provide these services for those with:

  • serious mental health disorders
  • psychiatric disorders
  • psychological disorders including severe emotional and behavioural disturbance
  • drug and alcohol problem use/abuse/dependency (co-existing mental health disorder NOT required)

If inpatient treatment is required we access the Starship Hospital in Auckland. This is actioned after a thorough assessment and discussion with the child/adolescent's family.

The following services are not provided by us:

  • relationship services
  • family health counselling services
  • parenting services
  • general counselling services
  • psychological evaluations


No fees apply.

Contact Details

105 Rostrevor Street
Waikato 3204

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105 Rostrevor Street
Waikato 3204

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This page was last updated at 2:12PM on November 18, 2015.