Mental health payments

The Mental Health Service Payment is a fee that allows a general practitioner to submit a claim for a fee if they have been called upon to assess someone needing treatment under the terms of Act.

How much can I claim?

For each certificate, notice or statement in writing completed in respect of an examination made between the hours of 6.00pm on any day and 8.00am on the following day, or between the hours of 6.00pm on the Friday and 8.00am on the following Monday, or on a Public Holiday is $236.25.

For every other certificate, notice or statement in writing is $185.63.

In addition to the fee payable, for each completed kilometre necessarily travelled from surgery to residence or the purpose of examining a person preparatory to completing a certificate, notice or statement in writing, and return, a medical travel fee of $1.69 per kilometre is claimable.

How do I claim?

By completing a Mental Health Compulsory Assessment & Treatment Act Claim form. The following is mandatory information which must be provided for your Claim Form to be accepted:

  • Claimants (GP’s) Payee Number
  • Claimants (GP’s) Name
  • Claimants Address
  • Name of Patient Examined
  • Date of Service
  • Time of Service
  • Mileage (number of kilometres)
  • Examination Fee
  • Mileage Fee
  • Total Claimed
  • Signature of Claimant and date
  • Signature of Officer Authorised by Director Area Mental Health Services and date.

Who is an Officer Authorised by Director Area Mental Health Services?

A DAMHS is a person who is designated by the Director-General of Health by a notice published in the New Zealand Gazette (section 92). The DAMHS is usually nominated by Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) and formally appointed by the Director-General of Health. The DAMHS should not be the same person who is the HHS service manager or clinical director.

Where can I find an Officer Authorised by Director Area Mental Health Services from my Area?

Ring your district health board who will give you your designated Officer Authorised by Director Area Mental Health Services for your area.

Where do I send my claims?

Send your completed claims to:

Mental Health Compulsory Assessment & Treatment Act Claims
Sector Operations
PO Box 1043
Wellington 6140

Where can I get a Mental Health Claim Form?

Ring the Sector Operations Contact Centre on: 0800 458 448 Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm, except Wednesdays between 9:30am and 5:00pm and ask to speak with the Minor Benefits Administrator.

I have run out of claim forms, where can I get some more?

Sector Operations print and distribute these forms. Please call the Sector Operations Contact Centre on 0800 458 448.

Alternatively an electronic copy is available from the downloads block on the right.

Please note: you should not rely solely on the answers provided here; the contracts applicable to each provider and all relevant legislation must be consulted to determine the full rights & liabilities applicable to any service provider or funder.

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