New mental health support service launched

People across Barnsley who require low level mental health support will be able to seek support through a new service which will launch on 1 July 2019.

The Council currently commissions a range of low level mental health support which is delivered through four different contracts. 

Following a review of the services, it was recommended that, the Council should procure one contract that will deliver an integrated model to support the needs of individuals who are experiencing mental health problems and/or have low level learning difficulties across Barnsley.

Barnsley Council has awarded the contract to deliver the new service to Humankind.  The service will continue to deliver the range of support currently available, including counselling.

The new model will focus on early intervention, prevention; improve access to support and referral pathways between services helping reduce duplication, ensuring that people get the right support, at the right time.

They will also deliver a twelve month workforce development pilot as part of the new service. This aims to train up to 250 workers and practitioners in the early assessment, signposting and delivery of brief interventions. The pilot will focus on the Dearne area and is funded by the CCG.

The current services will finish on 30 June 2019 this transition will not affect people currently accessing support.

Phil Hollingsworth, service director for stronger, safer, healthier communities, said: “We’re pleased to be demonstrating our commitment to supporting people and their families with mental health.”

“By working alongside Humankind we can improve our offer of providing support at the earliest opportunity, delivering intervention and prevention.”

Emily Todd, Director at Humankind (West and South Yorkshire) “I am thrilled that Humankind has been awarded the contract to deliver support to people with a low level mental health need and/or learning difficulty in Barnsley.  We look forward to building on the networks and relationships we have built in the area over the last few years in order to deliver a service that meets the needs of local people and communities.”

If you are a current service user and you have any questions about this change please email:  HealthierCommunitiesCommissioningTeam@barnsley.gov.uk

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