Our commissioning intentions for people with mental health issues are summarised as follows:
New service specification
A new service specification for those with Mental Health has been developed which combines Wellbeing and Recovery alongside Employment support and is to be market tested. The new specification supports working age adults so that they have strong employment, community and progression focus and deliver high quality support outcomes and good value for money.
The Adult Social Care Accommodation Strategy sets out to ‘develop a clear pathway to access appropriate housing for people who experience mental ill health. The key priorities for Peterborough, as set out in that document, are to develop supported housing, alternative to hospital admission and crisis care using a pathway approach in partnership with the Clinical Commissioning Group and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
We will reduce our investment in registered accommodation and through working with partners promote the development of more supported living accommodation. The council will work with specialist providers to ensure cost effective support packages are available for people with specialist needs.
We will establish a joint commissioning function between the council and the Clinical Commissioning Group for all planning and monitoring of services, joining, where possible, with Cambridgeshire County Council.
The Partnership with the Clinical Commissioning Group and Department for Work and Pensions will be developed to ensure people are ready for work and supported to obtain work. This will involve a review of current funding by the council for support into employment.
Access to mainstream services
We will ensuring people with mental health issues have access to mainstream services including health and social care, education, employment, social and sports/leisure, that enable them to lead a good and meaningful everyday life.