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In Control Factsheet 36 Mental Health and Self-Directed Support

In Control Factsheet 36 Mental Health and Self-Directed Support

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Fact sheet 36 Mental health and self-directed support
Fact sheet 36 Mental health and self-directed support

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Self-directed support
fact sheet
To get more help
 contact In Control.Tel:
01564 821 650
Email In Control
help@in-control.org.uk
Find more fact sheets at:www.in-control.org.uk/factsheets
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This fact sheet wasproduced by In Controland Mencap as part of In Control and Me, a lottery funded project.www.in-control.org.uk/icandme
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Mental health andself-directed support
Self- directed support is for everyonewho is eligible for social care funding.This fact sheet answers some of themost commonly heard questions abouthow people with mental health problemscan, and should be included and giveslinks to useful sources of informationand evidence.
 
fact sheet
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 contact In Control.Tel:
01564 821 650
Email In Control
help@in-control.org.uk
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The basic facts
Self-directed support is an approach which builds onthe work of the Independent Living Movement and theRecovery Movement of individuals living with mental illhealth. It is a universal replacement for the current socialcare system, and as such must be made equally availablefor everyone with social care needs, of any age, who meets‘fair access to care’ criteria.People should have equal access to the choice and controlover how we want our support needs to be met, regardlessof what diagnosis we may have. We need to make sure thatpeople with mental health problems are not discriminatedagainst or left out of the new ways of having support in ourlives. We also need to support a shift towards everyone beingseen as ‘whole people’ with strengths and gifts to contributeas well as needs to be met.Personal budgets for social care have been around forsome time now. So far, many people with mental healthproblems have not yet had access to a personal budget.There is growing evidence that having a personal budgetwhich allows us to have more choice and control leads tous having better lives, and this seems to be especially trueif we have mental health problems.Until recently, people who had their support from the NHSdid not have the same choice and control but this is changing.In Control and the Department of Health are taking forwardwork to develop the use of personal health budgets in someparts of the country, currently through pilot programmes.More information on these can be found in our fact sheeton Personal Health Budgets. 
 
fact sheet
To get more help
 contact In Control.Tel:
01564 821 650
Email In Control
help@in-control.org.uk
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Find more fact sheets at:www.in-control.org.uk/factsheets
This fact sheet wasproduced by In Controland Mencap as part of In Control and Me, a lottery funded project.www.in-control.org.uk/icandme
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More information
It’s important to answer some common questions andconcerns. We’ve listed a few key facts below and there ismore information on all of this on our website. Some usefuldocuments which explain things in more detail are listed atthe end of this fact sheet.
Can personal budgets in social care be used if we havea condition which changes, and which means the way wefeel and think, and our ability to make decisions, mightchange quite often?
Yes absolutely. For anyone who sometimes can’t make their owndecisions or whose situation changes frequently because of achange in their health or social circumstances, the support planmust include a back-up plan for what should happen if a crisisoccurs. The back-up plan must also state who is the person totake control of decisions and how money is spent during thetimes that the person themselves is not able to do that.
Do I have to take control of money and employ peoplethrough a direct payment if I nd this too stressful?
No. Self-directed support is not about being forced to doanything. But it is about everyone having equal access tochoice and control in ways that work for all of us. People withmental health problems, alongside everyone else, are entitledto know how much social care money you can have controlof, but, like everyone else, you do not have to take control of the money through being paid it directly, or employing people yourself if you don’t want to.Best practice is that everyone can have control over decisionsover how their money is spent, (once agreed through anapproved care plan), but that the money itself can be heldby another person, or another organisation, on your behalf.
Do I have to choose something different or can I stay withthe services I know and have come to rely on?
No you don’t have to choose anything different if you like howthings are at the moment. What’s important is that you cometo that decision with all the information and support you want.

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