Mental health provision – the funding gap

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Twelve years after the Care in the Community Act 1994, there remain too many people with Mental Health needs trapped in outmoded, inappropriate Victorian institutions. It is widely accepted that a large number of people with mental health needs require a care pathway that progresses them through the system with the eventual objective of living in the community. However, the resources for such a service remain woefully short. Why is there such a shortfall of appropriate facilities and what is hampering their provision? One of the main reasons is funding. The private sector has a significant role to play in providing funding solutions – it can offer local authorities a route to building and running high standard homes and accommodation to meet the various stages of care, without affecting capital budgets. As a private equity investor, our approach to funding is geared towards accepting a certain level of risk. In the context of mental health services provision, this translates into our ability to develop qual

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