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, with reference to the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister of 8 October 2014, how the £120 million to improve mental health treatment will be allocated by local authority.

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

NHS England is responsible for distributing the £120 million funding announced in the new five-year plan for mental health, Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020, by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Chief Executive of NHS England on 8 October 2014.

Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020, identified £40 million additional National Health Service spending this year and freed up a further £80 million for 2015-16.

The £40 million investment in mental health for 2014-15 includes an investment of £7 million to end the practice of young people being admitted to mental health beds far away from where they live, or from being inappropriately admitted to adult wards; and an investment of £33 million to support people in mental health crisis, and to boost early intervention services, that help some of the most vulnerable young people in the country to get well and stay well.

NHS England has set out their approach to the allocation of the £80 million for 2015-16 in the document “NHS England investment in mental health 2015/16”, published on 26 November 2014, which can be accessed by the following link:

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