The Central Regional Forensic Mental Health Inpatient Service is located at the Rātonga-Rua-O-Porirua campus. The acute forensic inpatient service consists of Purehurehu (male only unit) and Rangipapa (mixed gender unit). The regional forensic service also provides 17 step-down beds in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Service at Rātonga-Rua-o-Porirua (Tawhirimatea and Tane Mahuta). In addition, there are 15 forensic Extended-Care beds at Standford house in Wanganui. These beds are for forensic clients who require high level of observation, intensive treatment and secure care over an extended period.
The main function of Purehurehu and Rangipapa is to provide in a safe and secure environment for people who have been admitted into hospital for assessment and/or treatment through the criminal justice system.
People are admitted into these units from two main sources. They are either referred from the courts for assessment and/or treatment as part of the judicial process, or they are admitted from prison for psychiatric care and treatment.
Everyone admitted into the inpatient area is compulsorily detained under either the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment & Treatment) and/or the Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired Persons) Acts.