17 February 2014

Directors of adult social services have welcomed today's announcement of a major new government-led initiative in the care of mentally ill people.

According to David Smith, joint chair of the ADASS Mental Health Network, This represents an important commitment to improving services for some of our most vulnerable adults. We particularly welcome the recognition it provides of our need for properly trained and experienced social workers.

There may be cost implications for its implementation. But nobody should underestimate our determination to eliminate small pockets of poor practice by raising the standards of care throughout our services.

ENDS

For further information contact:

David Smith, Joint Chair, ADASS Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol Network, 020 8547 6000
Drew Clode, ADASS Media/Policy Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755
Website: https://socialcare.blog.gov.uk/2014/02/18/mental-health-crisis-care-concordat-receives-high-level-endorsement/

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs. In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of childrens services for their authority.