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NEWS: Funding for children and young people's mental health

A letter has been sent to CCG clinical leaders and accountable officers advising of an additional £25m in funding for children and young people's mental health services which has been made available for CCGs in 2016/17 

The Letter states: 

Whilst we are making important progress in improving access to effective mental health services for children and young people, there is still much to do and public and political interest remains high. In July, we published a detailed plan – Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health – that set out how new funding should be invested to increase access and improve quality, with a clear trajectory to meet 35% of need in the community by 2020/21.

The implementation plan also clarified the additional money for CCGs to support delivery of their local transformation plans for children and young people’s mental health. This funding increases each year to 2020/21, and our objective is to maximise the amount available for frontline services that benefit children, young people and their families.

In keeping with this objective, and recognising the pressures which are faced by localities in transforming their services, we have reviewed and reprioritised spending on nationally-led programmes and I am pleased to be able to announce that we have identified an additional £25 million which can be made available for CCGs in 2016/17.

This furtherfunding is in addition to the £149 million of new money already allocated to CCGs for children and young people’s mental health in 2016/17. It brings forward the expected uplift in baseline funding to meet the published level of new monies in 2017/18 (£170 million) one year early, whilst also providing additional non-recurrent funding to support transformation this year.

As with all allocations of new money, it is critical that CCGs are able to demonstrate the impact of this investment. It is expected that these funds will support CCGs to accelerate their plans and undertake additional activities this year to drive down average waiting timesfor treatment, and reduce both backlogs of children and young people on waiting lists and length of stay for those in inpatient care. In order to secure release of the full additional funding, CCGs will be asked to provide details of how they intend to improve average waiting timesfor treatment by March 2017.

Full Letter:

Events of interest: 

Transforming Mental Health Services for Children & Young Adults
Monday 30 January 2017
De Vere West One, London

Safeguarding Children & Young Adults: Level 3 Mandatory Safeguarding Training in Accordance with the Intercollegiate Guidelines
Monday 16 January 2017
De Vere, West One, London

Masterclass: Meeting the Psychological needs of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking & Refugee Young People
Monday 23 January 2017
De Vere, West One, London

3 October 2016


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