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Southern DHB Forensic Services

Public Service, Mental Health, Mental Health & Addictions


Community Forensic Mental Health Service

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type



Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Southland, Waitaki

Age Groups

Adult / pakeke

Referral Types

DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

Referrals to this service can be received from Inpatient Forensic Mental Health Services (locally and nationally), other Mental Health Services and via Prision Liaison Services.


Forensic psychiatry deals with the assessment, treatment and long term management of those patients whose mental disorder affects their behaviour to such a degree that they are liable to or have offended against the law.

The team includes:

  • Community Support Worker
  • Forensic Mental Health Nurse
  • Māori Health Advisor (Kaumātua)
  • Forensic Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker

Assessment and treatment:

This is a Mental Health assessment, in conjunction with the client; a treatment plan will be developed to meet their specific needs. 

Support and treatment:

Ongoing support and education will be provided to clients, their family/whānau/care‐givers as well as community organisations.


Regular reviews are held and discharge is planned with the client to ensure that sufficient support is available.

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Contact Details

This page was last updated at 11:06AM on April 28, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Forensic Services.