Holistic Care and Treatment Plans introduced today!

After many years of campaigning users of secondary mental health services have, from today, finally gained the legal right to a holistic Care and Treatment Plan covering eight areas of their lives.

The new Plans, part of the historic Mental Health (Wales) Measure, give service users the opportunity to take a comprehensive approach to their recovery from serious mental illness by recording all their recovery objectives and support needs (the eight life areas are: accommodation; education and training; finance and money; medical and other forms of treatment, including psychological interventions; parenting or caring relationships; personal care and physical well-being; social, cultural or spiritual; work and occupation).

Commenting on the introduction of the new Plans, Hafal Chief Executive Bill Walden-Jones said: “The introduction of Care and Treatment Plans represents a truly landmark moment in the history of mental health legislation and service delivery in Wales.”

To read Bill’s views on the significance of today please visit his blog: http://billwaldenjones.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/d-day-6-june.html