Responding to an independent review, commissioned by the Government, of the Mental Health Act, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Glen Garrod, said:

“ADASS has been pleased to be involved in this review.  The recommendations in this report are welcome as a contribution to the modernisation of this country’s mental health services, which are about giving people who need these services more control and the specific support they need. 

“Good mental health services are required both in and outside of hospital settings, and involve housing, primary and community health services and adult social care. 

“Social work and personal care and support are essential components of good services to support mental wellbeing, and can include ensuring people have somewhere to live, have safe and supportive relationships, and support with income and employment.

“We look forward to working with colleagues across health and social care to consider how the review’s recommendations will complement the priorities of the Adult Social Care Green Paper and the NHS Long-Term Plan, and then to implement the plans together.  It is essential that the health and care system works together to deliver integrated care for those who need health and care services.”