CAFLink (Single Point of Entry)

CAFLink is the Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Service ‘single point of entry function’ which streamlines access to mental health services in Canterbury for children, adolescents and their families.

All outpatient referrals to the service are centrally received at CAFLink. This includes referrals to the CAF North and CAF South Community and Outreach Teams.

As well as providing an easily identifiable point of entry to services, CAFLink ensures better quality and more consistent information to referrers, young people and their families. Referrals are centrally processed and this includes screening, referral to community agencies and triage into the service.

Access to other services

Referrals and accessing to SMHS outpatient services

Child & Adolescent Mental Health outpatient services (CAF North and CAF South Community and Outreach Teams are available for:

  • child/youth between 0-17 years, or 18 or 19 years and still at secondary school
  • he/she has a suspected or confirmed moderate to severe psychiatric disorder
  • he/she lives within Canterbury DHB region

The health professional or community agency should complete the following referral form available in PDF or Word format:

 CAFlink Referral Form

CAFlink Referral Form (RTF/Word format)

Referrers querying ADHD need to complete a SNAP-IV Questionnaire (below) and send this along with the referral form.

​​Caddra SNAP Questionnaire 
Instructions for Caddra SNAP Questionnaire

GP’s should follow HealthPathways for ADHD referrals.

Page last updated: 26 November 2018

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