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After-care options

Tony Harrop-Griffiths offers guidance on the after-care options available to patients discharged from hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983

1 December 2014

It is well known that free social care is available under the NHS if a person is eligible for Continuing Healthcare (CHC), but not so well known is that it's also available from the NHS in combination with a local authority, under section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA), as an 'after-care service'.

Also of interest to those advising mental health patients and/or their relatives, section 117 is about to undergo substantial change in the near future when amendments made to it by the Care Act 2014 come into force, effective from 1 April 2015.

Section 117 applies to persons who leave hospital having been compulsorily detained for treatment for a mental disorder, under (in particular) section
3 of the MHA.

It is important to note that it does not apply to someone who ha...

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