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Southern DHB Child and Youth Mental Health Services

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Youth Forensic Service

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type



Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Southland, Waitaki

Age Groups

Youth / rangatahi

Referral Types


Referral Process

Referrals to the Youth Forensic Service come from Oranga Tamariki, the courts, probation services and prisons. The screening/triage information provided may include a summary of facts, the criminal list obtained from the prosecution and any mental health history or current concerns.


The Youth Forensic Service provides access to mental health services for any youth in contact with the juvenile justice system who are in need of mental health screening, including AOD and cultural assessment, treatment and Section 333 reports. This service has a working knowledge of clinical interventions, cultural, risk and legislative issues to best assist the youth, their family and agencies involved.

This is a mobile service that works across the Southern DHB with respective bases located at:

8 Moray Place, Dunedin

Southland Hospital, Invercargill

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Contact Details

This page was last updated at 12:21PM on April 28, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Child and Youth Mental Health Services.