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Models of Extended Community Support Services for People with Mental Health Problems

Voluntary sector-run community support services increasingly form part of the spectrum of care. Aimed at health and local authority purchasers, providers of support services, and mental health professionals working with them, this report describes different models of social and practical support.

It addresses the key issues of: funding and costs; establishing and managing the service; attracting appropriate referrals; recruitment, support and training of paid staff and volunteers; and working effectively with health and social services.