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Autism: Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25th March 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to develop an adapted Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme people with autism.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There are no current plans to develop an adapted Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme for autistic people. Therapy is available, via self-referral or referral from a professional, to all adults experiencing a common mental health disorder.

IAPT provides evidence based psychological therapies as recommended in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the treatment of depression and anxiety. NICE guidelines will be followed where there are adjustments required to therapy delivery for particular groups of people, including autistic people.

Reasonable adjustments that may be required to make it suitable for autistic people might include, for example, the method of delivery or duration of the intervention.

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