Hart announces funding for CAMHS

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Health Minister Edwina Hart has announced £1.678m funding for child and adolescent mental health (CAHMS) and learning disabilities services running up to 2013-14.

The funding includes £258,000 of one-off funding in the current year [2010-11] and a further £1.42m of recurrent funding to 2013/14. The one off funding will be made available immediately for CAHMS networks across Wales to provide training and share existing models of good practice, support and resources.

The Welsh Assembly Government says the funding will, overall:

• enable earlier interventions;
• provide flexibility of provision and transition between children’s and adult mental health services and integrated disabilities services;
• increase clarity for providers when making referrals, and;
• meet the commitment to address learning disability issues associated with mental health in children and young people.

Health and Social Services Minister Edwina Hart said: “In this time of financial austerity, some people lose sight of the fact that the funding we provide our NHS positively impacts, in many different ways, on the lives of those people who need our help most.

“That is why I am delighted to announce this package of long-term funding which will have both an immediate and a longer lasting effect on the lives of our young people and their families.”

For more information please visit: http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/healthandsocialcare/2011/110318support/?lang=en&status=open