Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (iCAMHS)

Mental health services for children and adolescents.

Who is this service for?

The Infant Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (ICAMHS) is a free, community service for children and adolescents up to 18 years old and their whānau.

We provide assessment and treatment for children and adolescents with moderate to severe mental health problems who present with, but not limited to conditions such as, anxiety disorder, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (including anorexia and bulimia), suicidal thoughts and feelings, self-harm and associated drug and alcohol misuse.

We also accept referrals for infants and toddlers who present with significant social, emotional or behavioural difficulties.

We offer a confidential and culturally safe service which includes:

  • comprehensive assessment, including specialist tests/investigations, where indicated
  • a wide range of outpatient treatments including medications, psychological therapies, individual/group/family work and other appropriate interventions as indicated from the findings of the assessments

There may be a wait before some treatments can be commenced.

If, after a thorough assessment and discussion with the child/adolescent’s whānau, inpatient treatment is required then we access the Starship Hospital in Auckland.

The clinical team is multi-disciplinary, consisting of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric registrars, medical officers (specialist scale), social workers, community mental health nurses, alcohol and drug clinicians, and occupational therapist.

We also have a number of students/trainees from these areas, who work under close supervision. 


Rotorua: Te Aka Mauri - Library and Children's Health Hub, 1127 Haupapa Street.

Entry point is through the main library entrance from 9am or alternatively visitors can use the intercom at the back of the building on the Haupapa Street side and wait to be let in between 8am and 9am.

Taupō: Taupō Hospital