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£2.7M FOR SCOTTISH MENTAL HEALTH CARE

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Scottish health and social work minister Sam Galbraith has announced a further£2.7m from the Mental Health Develop...
Scottish health and social work minister Sam Galbraith has announced a further£2.7m from the Mental Health Development Fund for partnership initiatives to improve care and support for vulnerable people.

The£2.7m follows£1.7m awarded under these arrangements last year. Further awards will be made next year to bring the total spend from

the fund to£9m.

Mr Galbraith said: 'The whole idea of these additional funds is to encourage and reward innovation and to break down barriers that can exist between care agencies in the organisation and delivery of best care to those people with a mental illness. Care must be designed around the needs of the individual and not the service.

'I am again encouraged by the range and quality of the bids that were submitted. I was also impressed by the clear willingness shown by all

concerned to challenge and adjust existing practices by working together to improve care for those who need it most.

'I am delighted to allocate a further£2.7m to a range of initiatives across Scotland, on top of the£1.7m allocated last year. Further funding will be available next year to support more initiatives.'

Examples of successful projects include: a crisis helpline is being set up in Borders; Fife will run a counselling service for adult survivors of sexual abuse in childhood; Greater Glasgow will provide a nurse led service for young people who self harm, and their families; and Highland will run a dementia care project.

NOTES

1. The Mental Health Development Fund (MHDF) invites bids designed to help with the implementation of local strategies arising from the Framework for Mental Health Services in Scotland.

2. The aim is to encourage the development of local community-focused comprehensive services for those with mental health problems. The fund

provides pump-priming funding to help Health Boards develop new ways of joint working with GPs, NHS Trusts, local authorities and other statutory and voluntary agencies in this shared task. Bids for funding were required to demonstrate a clear link with a published, locally agreed mental health strategy.£9m over three years from 1998 is available.

3. A Partnership Panel comprising representation from health, social work services group, social work services inspectorate and housing within The Scottish Office considered the applications received under the initiative.

Awards were made to those proposals that best reflected the partnership and improved outcomes aims of the development fund.

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