As part of an extensive reform of the Mental Health Act, NHS mental health services will now receive a £150 million investment from the UK government over the next three years.
This large sum of money will be used to advance NHS mental health services so that they can provide better support to individuals experiencing a mental health emergency.
This comes after Professor Sir Simon Wessely performed an independent review of the current Mental Health Act, which resulted in his recommendations to strengthen existing services so people experiencing mental health issues and enduring disorders feel better supported by the NHS.
Around £7 million of the £150 million investment will provide specialised mental health ambulances, to better cater to the needs of individuals and to reduce the use of general ambulances for these emergencies.
The rest of the government funds will be used to:
- Work on eradicating racial discrimination in mental health services
- Tailor support to the specific needs of autistic individuals and those with learning disabilities
- Support individuals with enduring disorders in the criminal justice system
- Amplify care access in the community
NHS Mental Health Director Claire Murdoch said: “The NHS Long Term Plan is expanding and improving mental health services across the country – from specialised mental health ambulances, opening new buildings, and refurbishing older ones – this much-needed funding will modernise facilities and most importantly, ensure mental health patients get access to the best and suitable care when they need it.”
As it stands, a draft version of the Mental Health Bill is to be inspected by a parliamentary select committee before the government publishes the final version.
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