Kent County Council began a six week consultation from Friday, 10 February to hear people’s views about the proposed Mental Health Service – Promoting Independence.
KCC is proposing to combine the Supporting Independence Service and the Housing Related Support services to create a more joined up system for helping people with mental health issues to live independent lives.
The Council currently supports people living with mental health issues by providing a range of services and different types of support. This consultation is about the future of two specific services:
- Supporting Independence Service (SIS), current budget £2.8 million
- Housing Related Support (HRS) service, current budget £2.5 million
Both contracts end in September 2017. This provides the opportunity to combine the budget allocated to these separate services to create a new service which will better meet the needs of people with mental health needs in a more efficient way.
The new proposal means that this can be achieved through enabling providers to meet people’s needs in a more responsive way meaning that people receive the support they need, when they need it and will be less likely to go into crisis or get stuck in the system.
This will allow providers to work with people, tailoring support to meet their needs. It will provide the flexibility to, where appropriate, increase or decrease the level of support someone receives without having to go through some of the time consuming processes currently in place.
KCC invites the public to give their views on the consultation by Friday, 24 March 2017. More information can be found at: www.kent.gov.uk/mentalhealthconsultation