Mental Health Services

Department of Health written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department has allocated for mental health (a) prevention and (b) treatment in the last year.

Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure parity of esteem between mental and physical health.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Government’s commitment to parity of esteem has been made explicit in legislation, as well as the NHS Constitution and the Mandate to NHS England

Funding for mental health has increased by £302 million in 2014-15, total mental health spending rose from £1.32 billion in 2013-14 with £11.664 billion planned in 2014-15.

The Department and NHS England continue to work together to ensure that there are consistent messages to commissioners and providers about the importance of delivering parity of esteem for mental health service users.

In our five-year plan for mental health, Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020, we identified £40 million additional spending this year and freed up a further £80 million for 2015-16. This will, for the first time ever, enable the setting of access and waiting time standards in mental health services from 2015-16 and includes new targets to make sure that, by 2016, at least 50% of young people referred for early intervention in psychosis services will start treatment within two weeks.

There has been sustained investment in mental health over the course of this Parliament. We have invested £400 million in Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) for adults and £54 million over the four year period from 2011-2015 in the children and young people’s IAPT programme to transform child and adolescent mental health services.

We have invested £2 million in nine street triage pilots where police and mental health professionals work together to support people in mental health crisis access safe, appropriate care and we have committed £25 million in 2014-15 to commission 10 trial sites delivering on a new standard service specification for liaison and diversion services in England.

Public Health England (PHE) has also made a commitment to addressing parity of esteem which includes working to promote good mental health and preventing mental health problems. In the current financial year, 2014-15, its direct investment in mental health equates to about 1% of PHE’s total £400 million spend, approximately £4 million.

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