Funding for care in the community under the Mental Health Act 1983 for people who have been detained in hospital

If you or a loved one has been detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 and have then been discharged, you may be eligible for after care services under section 117 of the Act.  Detention under most (but not all) of the provisions of the Act gives rise to a right to aftercare where that is needed.

The law is clear that, where the right to aftercare arises, the NHS and / or the local authority in partnership with each other and other voluntary agencies as required, have an on-going to duty to provide support services in the community for as long as needed.  You do not have to pay towards these support services. If you have concerns about the level of support being provided, you are not sure whether you qualify for aftercare services, or if there is an attempt to charge for aftercare, contact us to see if we can help.