Councils sign mental health agreement

Politics / Tue 16th Dec 2014 at 12:19pm

Mental HealthAGENCIES across Essex, Southend and Thurrock have signed the local Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat, demonstrating their commitment to working together better to deliver improved mental health services for people in crisis.

The concordat is an agreement between emergency services, statutory and voluntary mental health services, the police, public health and the clinical commissioning groups (CCG’s) who are involved in the care and support of people in crisis. It sets out how organisations will work together better to make sure that people get the help they need when they are having a mental health crisis.

The Essex approach to the Crisis Care Concordat was developed through a Mental Health Working Group, which included agencies across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.

The agencies who signed this concordat have made a commitment to delivering the concordat throughout the county by putting in place, reviewing and regularly updating action plans to improve services.

Councillor Dick Madden, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Adults, said: “Today marks an important step in the improvement of our mental health services. It is of paramount importance that agencies work together across Essex, Southend and Thurrock on improving outcomes for people experiencing mental health crisis. The signing of this declaration demonstrates the commitment we have to this national issue.”

Dr Jose Garcia Lobera, NHS Southend CCG GP chairman, said: “It is crucial people in crisis get the support and treatment they need in an appropriate setting. Where possible, they should always see the same members of staff to ensure a consistent and respectful treatment journey. Part of the concordat focusses on early intervention and, alongside our partners, we will work to ensure people in crisis because of a mental health condition get fast access to services as they need them.”

Steven Kavanagh, Essex Police Chief Constable, said: “I wholeheartedly welcome the introduction of this agreement. My officers are responding on a daily basis to calls where people with mental health issues have reached crisis point. As a force we will do our utmost to provide assistance in these situations but it is of vital importance that people in distress are provided with access to professional care and support, beyond that which policing can provide. I look forward to working closely with our partners to provide better and more effective solutions aimed at helping people in need.”

Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “The signing of the Concordat is an important achievement. It demonstrates a real commitment from front line agencies to work closely together to ensure people in crisis receive the best possible help as soon as possible. The Concordat is a crucial step and we must continue to build on it.”

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1 Comment for Councils sign mental health agreement:

2014-12-16 17:46:04

Now if this could be extended to help those in trouble with drugs - then perhaps we could make some real progress on two massive areas that have needed help for years! Well done to all!

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