Southern Lakes Community Mental Health & Addictions Services

Address: c/- Taupo Hospital, 38 Kotare Street, Taupo

Phone:   07 376 1099
Fax:   07 378 8698
CATT: 0800-166-167 24 hour service for Crisis assessment and treatment.
Southern Lakes Community Mental Health & Addiction Service covers the area from the Eastern Boundary at Te Haoto to the Southern Area of State Highway 46 and 47. In the North to Reporoa Village, across to Maroa on State Highway One and across to the Western Area of Mokai, including Mangakino.
It is a 160km drive around Lake Taupo. We are 77kms from Rotorua and 45kms to Turangi, and kms to Mangakino. The population of this area is 32,000 – during holiday periods the population swells to approximately 90,000. We also have large numbers of visitors and events throughout the year.
We complete comprehensive mental state assessments, coordinate supports and services to enhance skills for recovery. Our Psychiatrist and Psychologists run clinics from our Taupo/ Turangi and Mangakino sites. We moved on 19 January from 3 Gasgoine Street to our new premises at  Taupo Hospital site. We provide an iCAMH’s (infant, child, adolescent), Adult, MHSOP (Mental Health Service for the Older Person) and a PRiMHIS (Primary Mental Health Intervention Service) from this base.
Specialist skills within the team cover include comprehensive assessments, medication treatment and, on going monitoring for side effects plus a range of talking therapies. We provide education about mental health disorders and are able to discuss treatment and intervention options for our clients with them to work together toward recovery. We have a Primary Mental Health team which operate from Doctor’s surgeries, High Schools and Café for Youth (Anamata). This service provides brief intervention for clients usually through talking therapies.
Our referrals come through the Mental Health & Addiction Single Point of Entry (MH&AS SPOE) Service. All referrals are directed to this service for triage and assessment. Once triaged, the appropriate service can then be accessed for the client. For emergencies we have our CATT (Crisis Assessment Treatment Team) who are a 24 hour 7 days a week service and provide assessment, education, advice, and brief follow up as needed.
We work with a number of community agencies (Independent Living Choices, Acute Solutions – HCNZ, Workwise, Progress to Health, Linkage, ARC – Addiction Resource Counselling) and have a weekly meeting with them so we can work together to provide a recovery focused care and support for our clients.