The Better Care Fund is encouraging us all to move forward with integrated health and social care services,  and it is important that this is fully extended to Mental Health Services. As part of this movement, local authorities need to consider how best to promote the leading role of social workers and social care in developing integrated mental health systems and this guide is to help local authority commissioners, managers and staff in working alongside health colleagues, and also service users and their carers to integrate services that meet improved outcomes and deliver best value.