Mental health services

Secure mental health services treat people with severe mental health problems who pose a risk to the public. But the services are subject to long delays and patients getting stuck.
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Specialist welfare advice is likely to save mental health services money by improving people’s health and reducing hospital admissions.
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Risk, Safety and Recovery argues that risk and safety are rightly major concerns in mental health care but that traditional clinical management methods of assessing risk have stood in the way of helping people to recover their lives.
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In order for services to support recovery, we need clear, empirically informed statements of what constitutes high-quality services and how these will lead to key recovery outcomes.
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Secure mental health services provide accommodation, treatment and support for people with severe mental health problems who pose a risk to the public.
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The report calls for every mental health service to secure specialist welfare advice to help to support recovery and to intervene early when difficulties emerge.
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This briefing urges commissioners to tackle the poorly integrated support received by those with overlapping mental health, drug and alcohol needs.
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A workbook for values-based practice
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