Penina Health has mainly two types of Services


At Penina we have range of services delivered by competent, professional staff that is committed to supporting people toward recovery. We Trust that Together we can make a difference

Community Support Services

Family Support Service :

Mental Illness may affect not only life of those who experience it, but also of their families and/or loved ones. Penina ‘Family Support Service' works to help families of people who experience mental illness. This is provided through regular visits with family, as well as monthly support group meetings. The purpose of both these approaches is to identify, support and provide information to families, with a view to strengthen ability to support their family member who experience mental illness. Our regular visits with families seek to provide regular contact and support. These are planned around the families' individual goals and needs for support. Our monthly workshops provide information on understanding recovery, medication, housing, education, income support, etc.

Referrals for this service are made via Faleola-Counties-Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB), Pacific Mental Health Service.

Community Living Service:

For some clients, especially for those who are leaving a residential facility which they may have been for some tome, living quality life in the community may at first require some planned support. Penina's Community Living service seeks to work in partnership with clients to Identify and assess their recovery needs, and to find personalised solutions that enable clients to recover in their communities of choice.

Our staffs provide one-on-one support for clients who are referred for this service. This support include advocacy. Support to access appropriate accommodation, net working with other services and agencies, etc.

Referrals for this service are made via Faleola-Counties-Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB), Pacific Mental Health Service.

Child and youth Services:

The unmet needs of our children's and young people are a priority health concerns in New Zealand. In Mental health this is evident through the large number of our children and young people who have high and ongoing support needs. The RPM group is made up of the Three Non- government organisation- The Richmond Fellowship, Penina Health Trust and Mahi Tahi Trust who have come together to help support the mental health needs of children and young people in Counties-Manukau.

The motto, which reflects the purpose for this service, is to “Realize people ‘mana”. RPM therefore seeks to support children and young people who have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, to recover and live quality lives in the community. This service is provided by skilled staffs that are passionate about working with young people. The service provides one-on-one supports, as well as group supports and activities, which seek to involve children and young people in their communities. The service runs holiday programmes and weekly activities in collaboration with Whirinaki – CMDHB Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

All Referrals to this service are from Whirinaki. However, the referrals are given to RPM group, and clients are allocated according to appropriateness of staff, caseload levels etc.


Step-Down Facility

Stepping out of a hospital environment, like Regional Forensic services (where people have been looked after for significant periods of time), and stepping down into the community is not an easy step to make. Sometimes, before this can happen, another step must ne made before fully integrating back to community. Our Step down facility provides 24/7 care and 365 days of the year to people who experience mental illness and are making this exciting move. Our services are supported by competent, dedicated staffs, which are from various cultural back ground and disciplines. The step down Facility is limited to referrals for service by the community team of the Regional Forensic Services at Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB). Standards length of stay can be from 6 months to 2 years.