www.mentalhealthservices.org.nz | General Adult | Crisis Assessment & Treatment Team

Crisis Assessment & Treatment Team

Telephone 0800 745 477

The CAT team provide 24 hour, 7 days a week assessment and short-term treatment services for people experiencing a serious mental health crisis and for whom there are urgent safety issues.

CATT provides after-hours crisis contact for clients of all C&CDHB Mental Health, Addictions & Intellectual Disabilitiy Directorate (MHAID) services, general practitioners, community and consumer groups and other health professionals.

You may contact the crisis service by: (Full details include a map can be found on the How to Find us page)

  • Phoning  the team yourself - 04 494 9169
  • Referral by GP, or another community provider
  • Asking your whanau/family or friend to contact us

We may provide crisis assessment following phone discussion. The venue for your assessment may be at a clinic, in your home or another agreed venue.  Assessment and treatment options will be discussed with you.  The CAT team may also consult with your whanau/family and others involved in the crisis situation.

Treatment planning (up to 6 weeks)

Following assessment we will work with you to develop a plan that will help you to engage with appropriate supports.  We provide information about:

  • Mental illness and Addictions
  • Mental Health (CAT) Act 1992
  • Other services available in the community

We also provide:

  • Referral to other mental health services where appropriate
  • Crisis Respite
  • Links to Maori Mental Health and Health Pasifika
  • Consultation and liaison to health services in the community
  • Home Based Treatment
  • Day Hospital

We are located at Kenepuru Hospital, Raiha Street, P O Box 50-215, Porirua (8.00am to 5.00pm)


There are buses from Porirua City to Kenepuru Hospital.  The trains stop at Kenepuru Station. If you drive to Kenepuru Hospital parking is free.