In September 2022 the government published a mental health and wellbeing plan discussion paper.
Our response to the paper focuses on the question:
“What can we change at a system level to ensure that individuals with co-occurring mental health and drug and alcohol issues encounter ‘no wrong door’ in their access to all relevant treatment and support?
This includes people in contact with the criminal justice system.”
In particular, we recommend:
- The government ensures the implementation of the Drug Strategy fulfils Dame Carol’s mental health recommendations, in particular, the new Health Education England led workforce strategy must include provision for improving the skills and competencies of people working across all parts of the health and social care system who support people experiencing co-occurring conditions.
- The government and NHS England ensure the implementation considers the needs of particular groups of people experiencing co-occurring conditions including women and family and carers who experience their own profound mental health harms.
- The government clearly sets out its policy intent regards alcohol, including its vision and funding for treatment and recovery services which support people experiencing mental ill health and alcohol problems.
Read our submission The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has issued a call for evidence around drug use in ethnic minority groups.
National Audit Office report highlights need to build upon the Drug Strategy and develop a long term, funded plan for full delivery.
Read the report “The government will only achieve value for money if it builds on the initial momentum of the new strategy and develops a