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Mental Health & Addictions Service, Pasifika


Youth Community Living Services (YCLS)

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Community based support - mental health


East Auckland, South Auckland

Age Groups

Youth / Rangatahi

Referral Types

DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Referrals to YCLS are via the Vaka Toa and/or Whirinaki Clinical Teams. The referrals are directed to Penina YCLS team and are allocated according to appropriateness of staff, caseload levels and entry criteria etc.


This service provides intensive community support for clients aged up to 20 years with high and ongoing mental health requirements.

The unmet needs of our young people are priority health concerns in New Zealand. In mental health, this is evident through the large number of our young people who have high and ongoing support needs. The YCLS team is there to help support the mental health needs of young people in the Counties Manukau region.

The motto, which reflects the purpose for this service, is to “Realise peoples' Mana”. YCLS therefore seeks to support young people who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, to recover and live quality lives in the community. This service is provided by skilled staff who are passionate about working with young people. The service provides one-on-one support, as well as group support and activities, which seek to involve young people in their communities. The service also runs a funfilled and educational programme for the young people and their families called 'Fun Squad' which supports recovery, group work and  activities which can help individual young people with their journey to recovery and discovery (of themselves and their abilities). Our YCLS team works closely and in collaboration with the Pacific clinical team: Vaka Toa team which sits within Whirinaki, as well as the general Whirinaki team – CMDHB Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Contact Details

1 Beach Rd, Weymouth, Auckland

South Auckland

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

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This page was last updated at 3:54PM on June 2, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Penina Trust.