Mental Health Services: Autism and Learning Disability

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 19th November 2021.

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Photo of Matt Vickers Matt Vickers Conservative, Stockton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of (a) people with learning disabilities and (b) autistic people detained in inpatient mental health hospitals in England.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

In 2021/22, we are investing more than £90 million for community support and to facilitate the discharge of people with a learning disability and autistic people.

The cross-Government Building the Right Support Delivery Board is responsible for progress in reducing the number of people with a learning disability and autistic people in mental health inpatient settings, through oversight of relevant activities and by commissioning specific workstreams. The Board is overseeing development of an Action Plan, which will complement the NHS Long Term Plan commitment to achieve at least a 50% reduction in the number of people with a learning disability and autistic people who are inpatients in mental health hospitals by 2023/24.

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