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Whanganui DHB - Community Mental Health & Addiction Service (CMHAS)

Mental Health & Addictions Service


Community Mental Health and Addiction Service staff are based at 133 Wicksteed Street-Whanganui, Rangitikei, Taihape and Waimarino health centres.


All WDHB Mental Health and Addiction Services have a multidisciplinary team (MDT) of health professionals who work together with the service user and their family to ensure they receive integrated care to help with their recovery and discharge.

The WDHB has kaumātua and kuia available to provide cultural support to patients/service users/tangata whaiora and their whānau, if required.


There are no costs for services for citizens or residents of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Fees and Charges Categorisation



Community Mental Health and Addiction Service

Programme Areas

Mental health, Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Peer support (AOD), Community / social support (AOD), Community (medical detox), Opioid substitution treatment, Coexisting problems – mental health & addictions, Community based support - mental health, Non-acute specialist mental health community services, Eating disorders, Respite



Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Referrals are made through the triage nurse at Community Mental Health. Phone (06) 348 1207.


Our Community Mental Health and Addiction Service works with adults who have a severe mental health illness. People who use the CMHAS service have assessment, planning, treatment and reviews with an allocated key worker and/or a doctor. Some service users are with the service for a short period of time (a couple of appointments), while some can stay in the service for more than two years.

Key CMHAS staff work alongside the service user, and their family, in their own home or at the CMHAS offices to educate them and support their recovery. This may include providing information on medication, illnesses, community living and options. CMHAS staff also liaise with any other services involved in a patient’s recovery such as the GP and /or a community agency.

The AoD service works across the continuum of use (of substances) from social use to dependence.  As well as educating and informing clients, the service provides interventions such as medical assessments and counselling, detoxification programme and Opioid Treatment Service. 


Contact Details

This page was last updated at 6:46PM on June 9, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Whanganui DHB - Community Mental Health & Addiction Service (CMHAS).