Southern DHB Forensic Services
The Southern DHB Forensic Mental Health Service provides clinical expertise in assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for people who are involved in the criminal justice system. Using contemporary forensic models of care which are characterised by mutual respect and an individualised approach with an emphasis on the least restrictive level of care possible.
Wakari Hospital provides Inpatient Forensic Mental Health Services at Ward 9A as well as Community Forensic Mental Health Services, Court Liaison Nurse and Prison Liaison Nurse services to provide assessments and support.
Southland Hospital provides Community Forensic Mental Health Services.
Youth Forensic Services are provided by a mobile service based out of Southland Hospital and 8 Moray Place, Dunedin. For more information, please see Southern DHB Child & Youth Mental Health Services.
A highly skilled specialised multidisciplinary team provides intensive therapy, education, and support through to recovery in a safe, supportive and secure environment. The team seeks to work collaboratively with whānau and significant others with a firm commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. The care we provide is underpinned by the Recovery Competencies. Recovery is described as 'a life worth living' regardless of the presence or absence of illness'. It is about restoring hope, discovering and building strengths, and celebrating success. The Forensic Service is committed to meeting the best practice guidelines, and is compliant with the established Health and Disability Services Standards NZS 8134:2008
There are no fees for services to public patients if you are lawfully in New Zealand and meet one of the eligibility criteria set by the Ministry of Health. If you do not meet the criteria, you will be required to pay for the full cost of any medical treatment you recieve during your stay.
To check whether you meet the specified eligibility criteria, visit the Ministry of Health website www.moh.govt.nz/eligibility