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Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

Department of Health written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's proposals in its Green Paper on children and young people's mental health, published on 4 December 2017, if he will publish a breakdown of spending areas in each year to 2022-23 for the additional expenditure committed.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The proposals as set out in the Green Paper would cost £215 million over the next three years towards the creation of Mental Health Support Teams (including to train and employ the new workforce), piloting a four week waiting time standard and rolling out mental health first aid training in primary schools. Funding will be made available to take forward the proposals following the consultation. As set out in the Impact Assessment which was published alongside the Green Paper, £15-20 million will also be made available, by the Department for Education, each year from 2019 for significant training programmes for schools and colleges until all schools and colleges have had the opportunity to train a Designated Senior Lead for mental health.

However, it is worth noting that specifics around the proposals, which may impact on the cost estimates provided above and set out in the impact assessment, will be determined post consultation. The outcome of the trailblazer phase will also inform future roll-out and costs.

Funding decisions for the Green Paper proposals after the current spending review ends in 2020/21 will be subject to future spending reviews.

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