Mental Health Assessments

The mounting cost of caring for people after they have been detained under the Mental Health Act is increasing pressures on local authority and health budgets. There is also a real risk to individuals independence and well-being where cases are not actively managed, and people are supported to ‘step-down’ and regain their independence.

Delivering expert Section 117 and Mental Health Assessment Services

Section 117 places the duty of aftercare upon local authorities and CCG’s following detention under the Mental Health Act.  Regular review of the arrangements provided to these individuals is critical to ensure that they continue to meet the person’s needs once they are back in the community and offer the greatest opportunity to support people’s independence in a safe environment.


Our approach

Our approach to holistic assessment and care planning places the individual at the centre and considers what support is needed to maintain safety whilst also balancing the need to support people to regain independence in a safe environment. Local Authorities and CCGs have typically seen efficiency savings through our service creating step-down packages of care, when deemed necessary.

We undertake focused reviews of lapsed or overdue mental health clients under S117 aftercare arrangements. Our practitioners appropriately discharge and conduct proportionate and appropriate arrangements for on-going health and social care needs following S117 discharge, where required. We ensure that there is a full liaison with health professionals to understand case history and take an agreed approach to S117 arrangements.

We provide experienced senior AMHP and social work resource to assess the quality of reviews, assessments and support plans within Mental Health Act requirements. Focusing on detailing recommendations and outcomes for each case, ensuring the Authority can take steps to continue care, discharge or make changes to support arrangements where needed.