Bradley Mental Health project update and discussion
  • Our mental health development project is now in its 4th and final year with Lloyds funding coming to an end in July 15.
  • There is a widely accepted strong rationale for specialist mental health service for those in Criminal Justice system; evidence from our project supports this demonstrating  both a high level of need amongst our client group,  which is also compounded by a lack of access to appropriate services
  • Key achievements of the project are:
  • susie leading MHFA short courseTraining and coaching has resulted in a significant increase in confidence and awareness of mental health  by YSS staff
  • The project has received 544 referrals, and worked with 209 individuals during 2011-2014.  63% of clients reported an improved score on mental health issues when reviewed at the end of their YSS intervention
  • Our Social Return on Investment assessment confirms the cost effectiveness of our project and suggests that commissioners and communities could expect a return of £7.50 for every £1 invested
  • Our screening shows a wide range of issues, many of which required further specialist    assessment.  Our interventions include:  assistance with referral pathways,  advocacy, supporting mental health management and awareness, motivational interviewing , motivational interviewing and delivery of Moodmaster (Cognitive behavioural therapy ) sessions.
  • The Centre for Mental Health have audited the severity of our service users’ mental health needs and found that the project was engaging with a very high severity of mental health need, equivalent to that of an assertive outreach team caseload.  Despite this  they struggle to access and engage with traditional mental health services.
  • We are seeking to strengthen our strategic  links with commissioners,  health and community partners to ensure that this important element of our work will continue after July 2015.

Read the full discussion :YSS Bradley Mental Health project Discussion 2015

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